Far fare? Fammi vedere! – The Use of FARE with the INFINITIVE VERB

1. The “fare” causativo 

Are you struggling to understand the construction of the Italian language that uses “fare” and infinitives? Don’t worry, it can be a bit confusing at first, but with some practice, you can easily learn to recognize and use it.

Fare” is one of the most commonly used verbs in the Italian language and can be used in combination with another infinitive verb (such as “fammi vedere” or “lo faccio fare”). However, the translation of these phrases into English can be difficult, as it is not always straightforward.

Let’s take a look at an example to better understand this construction:

  • Faccio riparare il frigo a mio fratello translates to I will have the fridge repaired by my brother.

You may have noticed the unique use of the verb “fare” and the infinitive in this sentence.

This combination is commonly referred to as the “fare causativo,” and it is frequently used in conversational Italian to express the idea of having something done by someone else.

There are two possible constructions:

Construction TypeExample Italian SentenceEnglish Translation
1. Verb “fare” + action verb + “a” + person carrying out the actionFaccio riparare il frigo a mio padreI will have my fridge repaired by my father
2. Indirect object + action verb + “da” + person carrying out the actionMi faccio riparare il frigo da mio padreI am having my fridge repaired by my father

With a bit of practice, you can easily learn to recognize and use this construction in your own Italian conversations.

More examples :

Ho fatto pulire l’appartamento a mio maritoI had the flat cleaned by my husband
Mi faccio tagliare i capelli da mia ziaI have my hair cut by my auntie
Non preoccuparti! Lo faccio fare a mio maritoDon’t worry! I’ll have him do it (literally: I have him do it)
example uses of fare+infintive

Of course, this specific construction of fare+infinitive can occur in all the different Italian tenses.

Mi faccio tagliare i capelliI get my hair cut (Present Tense)
Mi sono fatto tagliare i capelliI got my hair cut (Passato Prossimo)
Mi facevo tagliare i capelliI used to get my hair cut (Imperfect)
Mi farò tagliare i capelliI will get my hair cut (Future Tense)
Mi farei tagliare i capelliI would get my hair cut (Present Conditional)
Mi faccio tagliare i capelliI get my hair cut (Present Tense, repeated for clarity)
Fammi tagliare i capelli, mamma!Let me get my hair cut, mom! (Imperative)
example uses of fare+infintive

2. Fare = make someone to do something 

Another use of  the construction “fare + infinitive” expresses the idea of getting someone to do something and is a translation of the English ‘get or make someone to do something”. For example: 

Fa’ leggere tuo figlioGet your/tell your son to read
Fa’ fare sport a tuo figlioGet your/tell your son to do sports
Fa’ giocare tuo figlioGet your/tell your son to play
example uses of fare+infintive

*in the above phrases the verb fare appears in the imperative mood.

3. Fare = Let 

Another common use of the verb “fare” and the infinitive is a translation of the English ‘let’.

Fammi vedereLet me see
Fammi provareLet me try
Fammi sentireLet me hear
Puoi farmi vedere?Can you let me see?
Mi fai sentire?Can you let me hear?
example uses of fare+infintive

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