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Sayings With the Italian Verb Fare

Italian Verb Fare Used in Many Idioms

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If essere is the Swiss army knife of verbs, then fare is the all-in-one, handy-dandy kitchen appliance. The verb fare expresses the basic idea of doing or making, as in fare gli esercizi (to do the exercises) and fare il letto (to make the bed), but it is also used in many idioms.

Note that the infinitive fare is frequently abbreviated to far before a consonant. For example, you may say far colazione, far male, far torto. Fare is also used in many expressions relating to the weather (note that in the following translations, "it" is an impersonal subject and does not have an equivalent in Italian):

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.)

Besides idiomatic expressions, and expressions relating to the weather, 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.)

IDIOMATIC EXPRESSIONS WITH FARE

fare i compitito do one's homework
fare il bigliettoto purchase a ticket
fare la fila / la codastand on line / wait on line
fare la spesato go grocery shopping
fare le speseto go shopping
fare forcato play hooky
fare vedereto show someone something
fare una domandato ask a question
fare una fotografiato take a picture
fare una passeggiatato take a walk
fare colazioneto have breakfast
fare un viaggioto take a trip
fare un capello in quattroto split hairs
farsi la barbato shave
farsi coraggioto take heart
fare castelli in ariato daydream
fare fingereto pretend, make believe
fare maleto be painful, to ache
farsi in lato step to one side
fare di tuttoto do everything possible
fare del proprio meglioto do one's best
farsi degli amicito make friends
fare alla romanato split the check
fare il pienoto fill up the gas tank
fare passareto let through
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