The combination of fare and an infinitive verb explained

Faccio riparare il frigo a mio fratello or mi faccio riparare il frigo da mio fratello  

(I will have the fridge repaired by my brother) 

 

Your keen eye might spot the interesting usage of the verb fare and an infinitive that you have ever seen before. 

The combination of fare and infinite verb in Italian.

This construction is called fare causativo. 

The fare causativo is vastly used in conversational Italian and expresses the idea of having something done by someone (else).

There two possible construction:

 

  1. Verb fare + action verb + a + person carrying out the action → faccio  riparare il frigo a mio padre
  2. Indirect object – action verb + da  + person carrying out the action  → mi faccio riparare il frigo da mio padre

 

Other examples  

  • Ho fatto pulire l’appartamento a mio marito – I had the flat cleaned by my husband
  • Mi faccio tagliare i capelli da mia zia – I have my hair cut by my auntie

 

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

  • Fa’ leggere tuo figlio – get your/tell your son to read 
  • Fa’ fare sport a tuo figlio – get your/tell your son to do sport
  • Fa’ giocare tuo figlio – – get your/tell your son to play

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

 

Another common use of the verb fare and the infinite is a translation of the English “let”  

  • Fammi vedere – let me see
  • Fammi provare – let me try
  • Fammi sentire – let me hear
  • Puoi farmi vedere? – Can you let me see?
  • Mi fai sentire? Can you let me hear?

Of course, the conjugation of fare can occur in all the different Italian tenses.

  • Mi faccio tagliare i capelli   (present tense)
  • Mi sono fatto tagliare i capelli (passato prossimo)
  • Mi facevo tagliare i capelli (imperfect)
  • Mi farò tagliare i capelli (future tense) 
  • Mi farei tagliare i capelli (present conditional)
  • Mi faccio tagliare i capelli   (present tense)
  • Fammi tagliare i capelli, mamma! (imperative)





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