Fare – to do, to make

Fare - to do, to make
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Make Do with an Italian Verb

Fare is one of the most common and useful Italian verbs and has irregular conjugations in just about every tense and mood. Fare literally means "to do" or "to make" and in the present tense is generally used just like these English verbs.

Fare = to do / to make

Fare can mean either "to do" or "to make." For English speakers learning Italian, this is easy: you can use fare for either. For Italian speakers learning English, however, it’s much more difficult.*

Per esempio…

Fai tutti i giorni i biscotti?   Do you make cookies every day?
Faccio i letti.   I’m making the beds.
Fanno il loro lavoro.   They’re doing their work.
What are you doing?   Cosa fai?

Fare present tense conjugations

Fare is an irregular –are verb:

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

 In Tuscany and in literature, you might encounter fo in place of faccio.

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Fare - Italian verb