Humanities › Languages 27 Ways to Use the Verb Fare in Italian Common idioms, phrases, and proverbs using the verb “fare” Share Flipboard Email Print Fare un caffe!. Kathrin Ziegler Languages Italian Vocabulary Basics History & Culture Grammar English as a Second Language Spanish French German Japanese Mandarin Russian English Grammar View More by Michael San Filippo Michael San Filippo co-wrote The Complete Idiot's Guide to Italian History and Culture. He is a tutor of Italian language and culture. Updated January 31, 2019 The verb “fare” is one of the most diverse verbs in Italian. You can use it to ask how the weather is and to talk about an upcoming trip you’re taking. You can use it to tell someone you’re going on a walk and that you’re waiting in line. In short, you can express yourself in a lot of ways using the verb “fare.” Since the verb “fare” is derived from facere, a Latin verb of the second conjugation, it’s considered an irregular second conjugation verb. It doesn’t follow the regular pattern of conjugation (infinitive stem + endings). How to Conjugate “Fare” Fare (to do, to make) is conjugated in the present tense as follows: io faccio noi facciamo tu fai voi fate lui, lei, Lei fa loro, Loro fanno Fare also has an irregular past participle: fatto. Ways to Use the Verb “Fare” IDIOMATIC EXPRESSIONS USING FARE fare i compiti to do one's homework fare il biglietto to purchase a ticket fare la fila / la coda stand on line / wait on line fare la spesa to go grocery shopping fare le spese to go shopping fare forca to play hookey fare vedere to show someone something fare una domanda to ask a question fare una fotografia to take a picture fare una passeggiata to take a walk fare colazione to have breakfast fare un viaggio to take a trip fare un capello in quattro to split hairs farsi la barba to shave farsi coraggio to take heart fare castelli in aria to daydream fare fingere to pretend, make believe fare male to be painful, to ache farsi in là to step to one side fare di tutto to do everything possible fare del proprio meglio to do one's best farsi degli amici to make friends fare alla romana to split the check fare il pieno to fill up the gas tank fare passare to let through The Weather—Il Tempo The verb “fare” is used in many expressions relating to the weather. Che tempo fa? - How is the weather?Fa bel tempo. - The weather is nice.Fa cattivo tempo. - The weather is bad.Ha fatto caldo. - It has been warm.Qui fa sempre freddo. - It's always cold here.In primavera fa sempre fresco. - In spring, it's always cool. Note!: In the preceding examples, it is an impersonal subject and is not translated into Italian. The verb “fare” expresses the basic idea of doing or making, as in “fare gli esercizi - to do exercises” and “fare il letto - to make the bed,” but is is also used in many idioms. Proverbs with “Fare” Besides idiomatic expressions, the verb “fare” is used in a number of proverbs. Fare e disfare è tutt'un lavorare.—It's all go, it's a hard life.Chi la fa l'aspetti.—You will get as good as you gave.Chi fa da sé fa per tre.—If you want something done, do it yourself.Non fare agli altri ciò che non vorresti fosse fatto a te.—Do as you would be done by.Tutto fa brodo.—Every little bit helps.Chi non sa fare, non sa comandare. —A bad worker is a bad master. Continue Reading The Most Common Idiomatic Expressions That Use the Verb Fare 4 Ways to Use the Passive Voice in Italian How to Conjugate the Verb "Fare" in Italian How to Use the Italian Verb Piacere How to Use the Verb "Andare" in Italian To Have and Have Not How to Conjugate the Verb "Avere" in Italian Understanding the Italian Imperfect Subjunctive Tense Italian Proverbs Beginning With "C" How to Conjugate the Verb "Lavorare" in Italian How to Use the Future Tense in Italian How to Conjugate the Verb "Scrivere" in Italian Irregular First-Conjugation Italian Verbs How to Use the Verb "Potere" in Italian Using the Past Participle in Italian What Does 'Salute' Mean In Italian?