fare + infinito Italian grammar tip

Fare + infinito is a useful Italian construction to learn.

The construction Fare + infinito is extremely common and consists of the verb fare, which can be conjugated in different tenses depending on what we need, plus the infinitive of another verb.

It’s called “causative construction“: it expresses  that we don’t perform actions ourselves, but we ask someone else to perform them.

However, this construction can have a different meaning: let’s see two different examples!

  1. Ieri ho fatto studiare inglese ai bambini –> Yesterday I had the children study English
  2. Matteo mi ha fatto usare la sua macchina –> Matteo let me use his car

In the first example, the subject caused the action to be done by someone else.

In the second example, the subject let someone do something.

And now some more examples to go through!

Italian English
Dopo l’incidente ho fatto riparare la macchina. After the accident I had my car repaired.
Domani Lara si farà tagliare i capelli dal parrucchiere. Tomorrow Lara is getting her hair cut by the hairdresser.
Sarai stanco, ti faccio riposare. You must be tired, I let you rest.


In the first two examples, the meaning of fare + infinito is similar to n.1: the subject does not carry on the action, instead asks someone else to do so.

In the third example, the meaning is similar to n.2: fare + infinito means to let someone do something.

Do you want to practise straight away writing some more sentences? Try to use this construction with both meanings!

It would be really useful to consolidate what you just learnt!


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