Italian verb fare lesson with conjugation

Italian Verb Fare Lesson: Grammar, Conjugation & Practice

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As you dive deeper into learning Italian, you’ll discover that some common verbs don’t follow the standard rules of conjugation. Mastering these irregular verbs is key to speaking Italian fluently.

One of the most important irregular verbs to know is “fare” – to do or to make. This multifunctional verb allows you to describe all kinds of actions, making it extremely useful in everyday conversation.

In this lesson, you’ll learn everything you need to know about “fare” – from conjugation charts to example sentences and idiomatic expressions. 



Italian Verb Fare Grammar

Fare is an irregular and transitive Italian verb. 

Like dare, stare, and andare, even though it ends in are, the verb fare doesn’t follow the regular conjugation patterns.

We’ll look at how to conjugate fare later on in this article.


Fare Meaning in Italian

Fare is the Italian equivalent of to do and to make. See the examples below.

Yesterday, I made a cake. – Ieri, ho fatto una torta.

I did well, didn’t I? – Ho fatto bene, giusto?


Verb Fare Pronunciation

Have a look at the Italian spelling and English pronunciation below. The latter will help you get the pronunciation right. 

I also suggest you listen to me pronouncing fare in the infinitive mood and the present tense conjugation.

Italian verb fare pronunciation
VerbItalian SpellingPronunciation (for English speakers)
Farefa-refah-reh
Fare Verb Italian Spelling & pronunciation


Fare Auxiliary (Irregular Verb)

Earlier, I mentioned that fare is a transitive verb. That’s important to know because it implies we need to use the auxiliary avere.

But how can you know that?

It’s simple, just follow this rule.

Auxiliary Verb Rule
If the verb is transitive, or can answer the question what, then you need to use avere as the auxiliary.

When a verb can’t answer those questions, it’s called intransitive, and it takes the auxiliary essere. Reflexive verbs always take the auxiliary essere in Italian. Read about them here.

In this case, since fare answers the question of what, we use avere as the auxiliary.

Examples:
Ho fatto bene. (I did well)
Mi hai fatto male. (You hurt me)
Hai fatto il letto? (Did you make the bed)


How to Use Fare in Italian

Fare can have different meanings and uses. Let’s explore them together.


All the Meanings of Italian Verb Fare

To do something

Fare il bagno – to take a bath
Fare un viaggio – to take a trip
Fare gli auguri – to wish


To build 

A Catania hanno fatto un ponte. (can be replaced by hanno costruito)
In Catania they build a bridge.


To prepare

La mamma ha fatto una torta. (can be replaced by ha preparato)
Mum has prepared a cake.


To pack

Mi hanno fatto un bel pacco. (fare un pacco)
They packed it nicely.


To produce, to give birth

I vitigni hanno fatto molta uva quest’anno. (can be replaced by hanno prodotto)
The vineyards produced a lot of grapes this year.

Hanno fatto tanti bambini insieme.
They made many kids together.


Italian verb fare example 3
The washing making is making noise.


To emit sound, noise, substance

La macchina sta facendo un rumore strano. 
The car is making a strange noise.


To celebrate

Il bimbo ha fatto cinque anni. (can be replaced by ha compiuto)
The child turned 5 years old.


To spend time

Quest’estate facciamo le vacanze in montagna. (can be replaced by passiamo)
This summer we’ll spend the holidays in the mountains.


To compile a document

Hai fatto l’assegno per la Signora? (can be replaced by hai compilato)
Did you compile the check for the lady?


To yield

Uno più uno fa due.
One plus one is two.



To Do Vs To Make In Italian

Since in Italian, you can use fare to mean both there’s nothing to be confused about. Make sure you are using the correct person and tense and your sentence will be excellent.


Italian verb fare example 4
Let me through please.

Italian Verb Fare Can Also Mean To Let or To Help

The verb fare can also take the function of a verb in Italian we call “fattititvo” or “causativo”. A causative verb is a verb that explains what someone else is doing. For that reason, it’s always followed by another verb. It shows that the person is helping someone, or letting someone do something.

In these instances, the verb fare takes the same role as the verb lasciare (to let) and aiutare (to help).

Examples:
Fammi fare un pisolino. (Let me take a nap)
Fai fare il bagno a Maria. (Help Maria take a bath)
Fai studiare Luca. (Make Luca study)



Italian Fare Conjugation For Beginners

Present Tense (Presente)

io faccio
tu fai
lui fa
noi facciamo
voi fate
loro fanno

Translation: I do (or make), you do (or make), he/she/it does (or make), we do (or make), you do (or make), they do (or make).


Past Tense (Imperfetto)

io facevo
tu facevi
lui faceva
noi facevamo
voi facevate
loro facevano

Translation: I did (or made), you did (or made), he did (or made), we did (or made), you did (or made), they did (or made).


Past Tense (Passato Prossimo)

io ho fatto
tu hai fatto
lui ha fatto
noi abbiamo fatto
voi avete fatto
loro hanno fatto

Translation: I have done (or made), you have done (or made), she has done (or made), we have done (or made), you have done (or made), they have done (or made).


Future (Futuro Semplice)

io farò
tu farai
lui farà
noi faremo
voi farete
loro faranno

Translation: I will do (or make), you will do (or make), it will feel do (or make), we will feel do (or make), you will do (or make), they will do (or make).


Past Participle (Participio Passato)

Fatto (done/made)


Infinitive (Infinito Presente)

Fare (to do/make)


Italian verb fare example 6
I’m letting you know

Italian Expressions With Verb Fare

Fare is also part of many popular Italian expressions. Here are a few you might want to learn.

Fai da te – DIY or do it yourself

Fare caso – to notice

Fare fronte a – to cope with

Fare fuori – to make out, to kill, to fire someone

Fare leva – to leverage

Fare senso – make sense


Fare presente – to point out

Fare storie – to make a fuss

Fare luce – to shed light

Fare breccia – to strongly impress

Farcela – to manage

Farla franca – to get away with something


Italian verb fare example 7
I think I made an impression :).

Fare a meno di – To do without

Fare bella/brutta figura – To make a good/bad impression

Fare sul serio – To be serious

Fare mente locale – To concentrate, focus

Farsi in quattro – To bend over backward, to make an effort

Farsi vivo – To show up, to make oneself known


Italian Proverbs with Fare

Fare buon viso a cattivo gioco – To put on a brave face despite a bad situation

Fare il bello e il cattivo tempo – To do what you want

Fare un buco nell’acqua – To fail, to be unsuccessful

Fare orecchie da mercante – To turn a deaf ear, to ignore



Italian Verb Fare Examples

In this section, I will give you examples for all the expressions and idioms above.

1. Ho deciso di arredare la casa stile fai da te.
(I decided to furnish the home in DIY style.)

2. Non hai fatto caso al nuovo dipinto sul muro?
(Didn’t you notice the new painting on the wall?)

3. Sto cercando di fare fronte al dolore della perdita.
(I’m trying to cope with the pain of loss.)

4. Il gangster ha fatto fuori il testimone per silenziarlo.
(The gangster made out the witness to silence him.)

5. Il progetto ha fatto leva sulla tecnologia più recente per avere successo.
(The project leveraged the latest technology to be successful.)


6. Le tue parole non fanno senso, non riesco a capire cosa intendi.
(Your words don’t make sense, I can’t understand what you mean.)

7. Vorrei fare presente che questo non è il momento adatto per discutere di questo problema.
(I would like to point out that this is not the right time to discuss this issue.)

8. Non fare storie, è solo una piccola richiesta.
(Don’t make a fuss, it’s just a small request.)

9. La lampada sul tavolo fa luce sufficiente per leggere.
(The lamp on the table sheds enough light for reading.)

10. L’atleta ha fatto breccia nel cuore del pubblico con la sua performance eccezionale.
(The athlete strongly impressed the audience with his exceptional performance.)

Italian verb fare example 8
You show up now?


11. Non so come farcela con tutti questi compiti da fare.
(I don’t know how to manage all these tasks to do.)

12. Non puoi farla franca dopo quello che hai fatto.
(You can’t get away with it after what you’ve done.)

13. Non posso fare a meno di un buon caffè al mattino.
(I can’t do without a good coffee in the morning.)

14. Devo assicurarmi di fare bella figura al colloquio di lavoro.
(I need to make a good impression at the job interview.)

15. Sta facendo sul serio riguardo alla sua decisione di trasferirsi in un altro paese.
(He’s being serious about his decision to move to another country.)


16. Durante l’esame, ho fatto mente locale per risolvere i problemi matematici.
(During the exam, I concentrated to solve the math problems.)

17. Mi sono fatta in quattro per organizzare questa festa.
(I bent over backward to organize this party.)

18. Non siamo riusciti a far breccia nel mercato con il nostro nuovo prodotto.
(We failed to strongly impress the market with our new product.)

19. Non puoi fare il bello e il cattivo tempo in questa casa.
(You can’t do what you want in this house.)

20. Non fare orecchie da mercante quando ti parlo, è importante.
(Don’t turn a deaf ear when I talk to you, it’s important.)



Fare Conjugation Full Chart

Italian verb fare conjugation chart full



Verb Fare Quiz

Test yourself by completing these sentences.

1. Ieri ____________ (fare) una buona impressione al colloquio di lavoro.

   (Yesterday I made a good impression at the job interview.)

2. Non so se ____________ (fare) a meno del mio cellulare per una settimana intera.

   (I don’t know if I can do without my phone for a whole week.)

3. Durante l’esame, ____________ (fare) mente locale per ricordare le formule matematiche.

   (During the exam, I concentrated on remembering the math formulas.)

4. Oggi ____________ (fare) bella figura con il mio nuovo vestito.

   (Today I’m making a good impression with my new dress.)

5. Se non ____________ (fare) sul serio, non riuscirai mai a raggiungere i tuoi obiettivi.

   (If you don’t take it seriously, you’ll never achieve your goals.)

6. I miei amici ____________ (fare) storie perché non vogliono venire alla festa.

   (My friends are making a fuss because they don’t want to come to the party.)



Final Thoughts

Now that you have a solid grasp on using the irregular verb “fare,” you can apply this knowledge in daily interactions. Keep practicing fare’s various tenses and expressions through example sentences. For even more exposure, read through Italian articles and take note whenever you encounter this versatile verb.

If you’re looking to continue building your skills with irregular Italian verbs, be sure to also study these other verbs ending in are  – “andare” (to go), “dare” (to give), and “stare” (to stay).



Fare FAQ

What are the 3 forms of the verb fare?

The 3 forms of the verb fare are: Infinitive: fare, Gerund: facendo, Past Participle: fatto

How do you use fare? 

You use fare to express the acts of doing and making in Italian. It is very versatile.

What is the gerund of fare Italian?

The gerund of fare is facendo. 

Is fare a reflexive verb in Italian?

No, fare is not a reflexive verb in Italian.

Is fare a regular verb in Italian?  

No, fare is an irregular verb in Italian.

What is the difference between fare and stare?

The difference between fare and stare is that fare means “to do/to make” while stare means “to stay/to be.”  

What is the past perfect of fare in Italian?

The past perfect (trapassato prossimo) of fare is avevo fatto.

How do you conjugate the verb fare in the present tense? 

You conjugate fare in the present tense as:
(io) faccio
(tu) fai  
(lui/lei) fa
(noi) facciamo 
(voi) fate 
(loro) fanno

What’s the present tense of fare?

The present tense of fare is: 
(io) faccio
(tu) fai
(lui/lei) fa  
(noi) facciamo   
(voi) fate
(loro) fanno

What is the Italian verb for to do?

The Italian verb for “to do” is fare.

What is the verb to make in Italian?

The Italian verb for “to make” is also fare.

What is faccio in Italian? 

Faccio means “I do” or “I make” in Italian.

What is the passato prossimo of fare in Italian?

The passato prossimo of fare is ho fatto.  

How does fare una domanda translate in English?

Fare una domanda translates to “to ask a question” in English.

How does fare una passeggiata translate in English? 

Fare una passeggiata translates to “to take a walk” in English.  

What are the most common ways to use the Italian verb fare?

The most common uses of fare are: To do, To make, Expressing various actions, In idioms and everyday expressions

What is a causative verb?

A causative verb explains what someone else is doing. Fare can function as a causative verb in Italian.

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