Che cosa fai..

sherkas

New Member
German - Austria
Good evening!

My problem is that we just had an exam. Now my teacher actually rated pretty unfair and I am arguing with him, about "Che cosa fai.."

Context: I got 2 tickets for a concert. Now I ask a student, if he has something to do on Friday-evening.
I wrote: Che cosa fai venerdì sera?

Now he says: "Yes, I have a date with XY..."
I wrote: "Sì, vengo....."

He took away 3 points for "Che cosa fai.." and doesn't give me a reason! If you know, what is wrong, then please tell me, because if I get these 3 points, I will gain a better grade.

Greetings
Sherkas
 
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  • beccamutt

    Senior Member
    English - US
    Hi Sherkas,

    Che cosa fai venerdi' sera? = What are you doing Friday night?

    If you want to ask if he has something to do on Friday evening you would have to ask Hai qualcosa da fare venerdi' sera? or Hai dei programmi venerdi' sera? or something to that effect.
     

    sherkas

    New Member
    German - Austria
    Hi beccamutt,

    thanks for your response!

    Though couldn't the Sì be meant like:

    What are you doing Friday night?

    Ye, I got a date with XY
    .

    xxx
    Thanks
    Sherkas
     
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    beccamutt

    Senior Member
    English - US
    Honestly I would never answer the question "What are you doing Friday?" with a yes or a no. It's not a yes/no question, whether we're talking about English or Italian. :)

    I would say:
    What are you doing Friday night? -- Che fai venerdi' sera?
    I've got a date with XY. -- Ho un appuntamento con XY or better Esco con XY.

    or

    Do you have plans for Friday night? -- Hai programmi per venerdi' sera?
    Yes, I've got a date with XY. -- Si', esco con XY.
     

    Odysseus54

    Mod huc mod illuc
    Italian - Marche
    Hi beccamutt,

    thanks for your response!

    Though couldn't the Sì be meant like:

    What are you doing Friday night?

    Ye, I got a date with XY
    .

    xxx
    Thanks
    Sherkas
    I am missing something here - even in German, for the little I know of it, if you ask " Was machst du.. " you want to know what he/she is doing. No yes/no answer, no ?

    Now, if you ask " Machst du etwas am Freitag Abend ? " , you can expect a yes/no answer.


    At least in Italian. And in English.

    " Cosa fai venerdi' sera ? " " Guardo la partita "

    " Fai qualcosa venerdi' sera ? " " Si', guardo la partita.

    Where do we disagree ?
     
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