Il verbo “fare”

The verb to do, to make

Fare is a very common verb in Italian:

(io) faccio                                     (noi) facciamo

(tu) fai                                           (voi) fate

(lui, lei, Lei) fa                              (loro) fanno

The question Che cosa fai? [What do you do? or What are you doing?] can have endless answers, such as in the example below:

A: Che cosa fai il martedì sera?

B: Studio, ceno con Paola e guardo la TV.


Fare is used in many idiomatic expressions in which you use the verb to take in English:

fare fotografie

fare la doccia

fare il bagno

fare una passeggiata / due passi

fare un viaggio

fare una gita

fare un esame

to take pictures

to take a shower

to take a bath

to take a walk

to take a trip

to take a short (usually one-day) trip

to take an exam

And many more, such as:

fare colazione

fare i compiti

fare la spesa

fare le spese / fare shopping

fare due chiacchiere

fare attenzione

fare tardi

fare la fila / la coda

fare la valigia

fare le prove

fare un salto

fare sul serio


to have breakfast

to do one’s homework

to go grocery shopping

to go shopping

to chat

to pay attention

to stay up late

to wait, to stand in line

to pack (a suitcase, a bag)

to have rehearsal

to stop by, to swing by

to get serious, to get real, to mean business


Che tempo fa? (What’s the weather like?)

Italians use the verb fare to talk about the weather, too. Check out this info-graphic from Kappa Language School.


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