# Far fare qualcosa a qualcuno

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#### Alxmrphi

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You could open a whole new thread for your question about far fare/farsi fare (or just far/farsi + infinito). It's a complicated construction (it was/is for me, I should say), and will generate a lot of input. Here's an example: lo farò fare a lui per te = I'll have him do that for you.

on LSP's advice I am opening up a new thread to get to the bottom of this.

far fare = to make to make ? I know it isn't but ahhh, this is going to annoy me so much now.

• #### **ellie**

##### Senior Member
To make someone make/do..
i.e.: I made him do the shopping for me; I'll make you make a mistake!

#### lsp

##### Senior Member
Alfry gave me these great examples for farsi+infinito once, they really helped:

lo farò fare a lui per te- I'll have him do that for you
fatti dare una penna da Mark = try to make Mark give you a pen
è difficile farsi amare dagli altri = it's difficult to make others love you
mi sono fatto dare gli spiccioli da lei - I made her give me the change.

#### Alxmrphi

##### Senior Member
Oh that's so confusing. I'll tackle it line by line

lo farò fare a lui per te- I'll have him do that for you

the Io looks a lot like lo there.
What part of this sentence represents "that"
"I will make make to him for you"
also curious about the order of the words?

#### lsp

##### Senior Member
Alex_Murphy said:
Oh that's so confusing. I'll tackle it line by line

lo farò fare a lui per te- I'll have him do that for you

the Io looks a lot like lo there.
What part of this sentence represents "that"
"I will make make to him for you"
also curious about the order of the words?
It is confusing!

But it is "L" (funny that should confuse you in a post of mine, since everyone mistakes me for Isp when it's Lsp)! The "lo" in this case is the "it" or "that" you're having him do for you. The "io" is implied in the "farò."

#### Alxmrphi

##### Senior Member
Erm,

it I will make make to him for you
[word re-order machine]
I will make it make to him for you
[common sense machine]
I will make him make it for you
[further one]
I will make him do it for you
[Italian politeness machine where "make" translates as "have done"]
I will have him do it for you

One question, as "it" / "lo" is so far at the end of the English sentence, why is it the first part of the Italian one?

#### lsp

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Alex_Murphy said:
One question, as "it" / "lo" is so far at the end of the English sentence, why is it the first part of the Italian one?
I'm at a loss to explain this, but I'll take the opportunity to answer this and other comments you've made that also left me scratching my head at times. But it won't satisfy you, I'm afraid. The only explanation is that Italian is not a version of English spoken in Italy, it's a different language. English didn't come first and then they got it wrong when they invented the Italian version of it! There is no reason why the word at the beginning of an English sentence should also be at the beginning of an Italian one. When you first started learning, it was probably difficult to remember that Italian uses an article more often, or a pronoun less often than English, or that we don’t have formal and informal verb conjugations. Mai means ever and never, ospite means guest and host. The list of differences is longer than just why a word is at the beginning in English and at the end in Italian. It's not "annoying" or "backwards" or "convoluted." It's just different. Different rules, constructions, words, expressions...

Sorry, that's the best explanation I can come up with.

#### moodywop

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Alex

I gave you a few examples of this structure in this post:

http://forum.wordreference.com/showpost.php?p=696575&postcount=5

It is undoubtedly a difficult construction for English speakers. The best thing is to study lots of examples.

The verb following "fare" can have an active or a passive meaning. In English it's obvious when it's passive since you use a past participle:

Make her work harder = falla lavorare di più

Have it (the car) fixed = falla riparare

As if that weren't bad enough "fare" can mean both "make sb do sthg" and "let sb do sthg":

Fallo studiare! = Make him study (persuade/force him to study)

Dai! Fallo studiare! = Come on! Let him study (don't distract him)

Intonation and context would dispel any ambiguity

#### Alxmrphi

##### Senior Member
I understood most of your post surprisingly moodywop, but for this line :

As if that weren't bad enough "fare" can mean both "make sb do sthg" and "let sb do sthg":

? what do the bold letters mean?

The post, I understood, but it's fare fare, or far fare, what is it's "general" meaning?

Is it a good suggestion to (when I stumble upon these words together) to, instead of looking right into it's twp meanings that I know, to just take a relaxed look and see the words as if they could mean anything, and then on a context, try to come up with an equivilent set of words in English and then post it here and see if I'm close?

#### Willi

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Alex_Murphy said:
As if that weren't bad enough "fare" can mean both "make sb do sthg" and "let sb do sthg":

? what do the bold letters mean?

sb = somebody
sthg = something

#### Alxmrphi

##### Senior Member
Proverò...

let him go! -> go (andare->imperative familiar form = va)
so... far farlo va! [yes I did notice your use of double l's, but I don't understand them so I am working how I would do it and hope the double L is explained]

let him go!
far farlo va!

..again..

have them send her a bottle of red wine
"make them send (to her) a bottle of red wine"
Far fa (checks about appending 'loro' to an infinitive / then remembers its a DOP and not a DP) Far farli (make them?) send (to) her, I know two verbs that mean "to send", the only one springing to my mind is mandare so I'll use that. Far farli mandarle una bottiglia di vino bianco.

Have them send her a bottle of red wine
Far farli mandarle una bottiglia di vino bianco

One more I will attempt..

Have it sent to my office
Far farlo è mandato (unsure about using è here, but I thought it might be needed for forming the past participle, but it's allready appended on the infinitive, so I'll put brackets around it) ufficio is masc sing so il mio is needed, and seeing as it's "to my" the contraction is al. dunque..

Have it sent to my office
Far farlo (è) mandato al mio ufficio

#### Raphillon

##### Senior Member
Alex_Murphy said:
Proverò...

let him go! -> go (andare->imperative familiar form = va)
so... far farlo va! [yes I did notice your use of double l's, but I don't understand them so I am working how I would do it and hope the double L is explained]

let him go!
far farlo va!

..again..

have them send her a bottle of red wine
"make them send (to her) a bottle of red wine"
Far fa (checks about appending 'loro' to an infinitive / then remembers its a DOP and not a DP) Far farli (make them?) send (to) her, I know two verbs that mean "to send", the only one springing to my mind is mandare so I'll use that. Far farli mandarle una bottiglia di vino bianco.

Have them send her a bottle of red wine
Far farli mandarle una bottiglia di vino bianco

One more I will attempt..

Have it sent to my office
Far farlo è mandato (unsure about using è here, but I thought it might be needed for forming the past participle, but it's allready appended on the infinitive, so I'll put brackets around it) ufficio is masc sing so il mio is needed, and seeing as it's "to my" the contraction is al. dunque..

Have it sent to my office
Far farlo (è) mandato al mio ufficio

Uhm... I'm afraid you didn't really understand...

"Far fare" is an example of a more general rule:

"Fare + infinitive"

Which you can translate with the English

"Have + objective"

So if you have in English:
Have Catherine make a good tea for me
You can translate
Fai fare a Catherine un buon the per me

You can notice how the constuction is different:

English = Have someone make (or do) something
Italian = Far fare a qualcuno qualcosa

Now, you can see that a rough word to word English translation sounds really odd: "Make make to someone something" but I hope you can now understand the logic behind it

But naturally you are not limited to "Far fare" you can "Far mandare", "Far giocare", "Far comprare" and so on, the construction still remains and still keeps its logic, so in your examples:

let him go!
Fallo andare! (Fa (imperative=let) + lo (Him) andare (go); but "Lascialo andare" is more elegant )

have them send her a bottle of red wine
Falle mandare da loro una bottiglia di vino rosso (Fa (imperative) + le (to Her) mandare (send) da loro (from them) una bottiglia di vino rosso (a bottle of red wine) )

And so on.

I hope I have been helpful.
Ciao.

#### Alxmrphi

##### Senior Member

I thought Far Fare was, as I think I can pull a quote where I got confused...

me said:
far fare = to make to make ? I know it isn't but ahhh, this is going to annoy me so much now.

ellie said:
To make someone make/do..
i.e.: I made him do the shopping for me; I'll make you make a mistake!

So from this I thought Far Fare meant "to make someone do something"
I will have two more goes at this then..

Have him write a biography of Beethoven
Far farlo scrivere una biografia di Beethoven

Have her get me a coffee
Far Farla mi prende un caffè

?

#### lsp

##### Senior Member
Alex_Murphy said:

I thought Far Fare was, as I think I can pull a quote where I got confused...

So from this I thought Far Fare meant "to make someone do something"
I will have two more goes at this then..

Have him write a biography of Beethoven
Far farlo scrivere una biografia di Beethoven

Have her get me a coffee
Far Farla mi prende un caffè

?
Hi, I thought I would attempt the same explanation Raphillon gave, but maybe seeing it explained more ways than one will help clarify it.

Far fare is to make someone make/do, as ellie told you.
But the second fare = make/do.
If you substiture that with another infinitive you get a different formula.
To make someone leave/Far (+ pronoun) andare.
Make him leave/Fallo andare.
Make him write/Fallo scrivere.
Make Catherine make me tea.
Fai fare a Catherine un tè per me.
Hope it helps. I told you, this one is tough.

#### Raphillon

##### Senior Member
Alex_Murphy said:

I thought Far Fare was, as I think I can pull a quote where I got confused...

So from this I thought Far Fare meant "to make someone do something"
I will have two more goes at this then..

Have him write a biography of Beethoven
Far farlo scrivere una biografia di Beethoven

Have her get me a coffee
Far Farla mi prende un caffè

?

Alex, both your examples need only one "fare":

Have him write a biography of Beethoven
Fargli scrivere una biografia di Behetoven (Far (to have) + gli (him) scrivere (write) una biografia di Behetoven (a biography of Beethoven) )

Have him make a biography of Behetoven
Far fare a lui una biografia di Behetoven

Have her get me a coffee
Farle prendere un caffè per me

Heve her make a coffee for me
Far fare a lei un caffè per me

I'm sorry I'm not able to understand the best way to make you understand...

Edit: Sorry, lsp, I didn't see your post, you got the rule, anyway

#### Alxmrphi

##### Senior Member
spero che ti ho capito.

Have her write him a letter
Farla scrivergli una lettera

Have her make dinner
Far Fare a lei pranzo

Have him look for Frank
Farlo cerco Frank

Have him make a talble and chairs
Far Fare a lui un tavolo e sedie.

Far(pronoun) + infinitive = Have Pronoun Do Verb ?
Far Fare a (disjunctive pronoun) = Have Pronoun Make/Do?

Please can someone or my attempts.

#### Alfry

##### Senior Member
Alex_Murphy said:
Have (fai in modo che) her (lei) write (scriva) him (a lui) a letter (una lettera) = Falle scrivere una lettera a lui
Farla scrivergli una lettera

Have (fai in modo che) her (lei) make (faccia/prepari) dinner (il pranzo) = Falle preparare il pranzo
Far Fare a lei pranzo

Have (fai in modo che) him (lui) look for (cerchi) Frank = Fagli cercare Frank
Farlo cerco Frank

Have (fai in modo che) him (lui) make (prepari) a table and chairs (un tavolo e delle sedie) = Fagli preparare un tavolo e delle sedie
Far Fare a lui un tavolo e sedie.

Try to read them this way. Does this help?

#### Alxmrphi

##### Senior Member
Ughh I thought I had it then too.

Okay a few clarifications, the objects taken here are indirect? as I can see, I was using direct. this "a lui/lei" thing seems to be big, I thought I could append the pronoun to the infinitive.

Originally Posted by Alex_Murphy
Have (fai in modo che) her (lei) write (scriva) him (a lui) a letter (una lettera) = Falle scrivere una lettera a lui
Farla scrivergli una lettera

Have (fai in modo che) her (lei) make (faccia/prepari) dinner (il pranzo) = Falle preparare il pranzo
Far Fare a lei pranzo

Have (fai in modo che) him (lui) look for (cerchi) Frank = Fagli cercare Frank
Farlo cerco Frank

Have (fai in modo che) him (lui) make (prepari) a table and chairs (un tavolo e delle sedie) = Fagli preparare un tavolo e delle sedie
Far Fare a lui un tavolo e sedie.

Is very confusing, for the sake of the understanding of the Far Fare structure, in the next examples, I will try, try lol, can the only corrections be of the error in the structure and not the quality of the sentence because I keep getting thrown off thinking course thinking that all other corrections are affecting the Far Fare.

Have him make a list
Far fare

Oh I'm too confused to even try, none of Alfry's corrections even contain Far Fare, I haven't got a clue what is going on.

Have him make a list
Far Fare a lui una lista

or is it

Far Fargli una lista?

I think if we stick with this one example till it is perfect, then it will be easier for me, instead of attempting 5 that I'm not sure of.

#### Jana337

##### Senior Member
Alex, in this case, append the indirect object to the imperative.

Fagli fare una lista.
Fatti spiegare la grammatica italiana. (yes, the double t is correct)

Jana

#### Alfry

##### Senior Member
Probably what is confusing you is that far fare are 2 identical verbs.

The rule is general here.
Far fare, far parlare, far preparare, far cercare and so on must abide by the same rule.

Then,
far fare a lui una lista = far+gli fare una lista

#### Alxmrphi

##### Senior Member
so Far Fare was just an infinitive use saying "to make someone do something"
when actually it never is FAR FARE used in a sentence because pronouns and things have to be added?

Have him make a list
Fagli fare una lista

Have her do the washing up
Falle fare lavare i piatti

Have them make a biography of Beethoven
Falli fare una biografia di Beethoven

?

#### Alfry

##### Senior Member
Alex_Murphy said:
so Far Fare was just an infinitive use saying "to make someone do something"
when actually it never is FAR FARE used in a sentence because pronouns and things have to be added?

Have him make a list
Fagli fare una lista

Have her do the washing up
Falle fare lavare i piatti

Have them make a biography of Beethoven
Falli fare una biografia di Beethoven

?

You do not always have to use far fare but far + any other verb (infinitive)

#### Jana337

##### Senior Member
Alex_Murphy said:
so Far Fare was just an infinitive use saying "to make someone do something"
when actually it never is FAR FARE used in a sentence because pronouns and things have to be added?

Have him make a list
Fagli fare una lista

Have her do the washing up
Falle fare lavare i piatti

Have them make a biography of Beethoven
Falli fare una biografia di Beethoven

?
The red one is wrong. You will surely correct it yourself.

Yes, you can have a sentence with "far fare" if you do not express the direct and the indirect object by pronouns.

Jana

#### Alfry

##### Senior Member
Jana337 said:
The red one is wrong. You will surely correct it yourself.

Yes, you can have a sentence with "far fare" if you do not express the direct and the indirect object by pronouns.

Voglio far fare la spiegazione ad Alfry perché lui è più bravo di me.

Jana

Italians tend to use fare almost everywhere. I'm not saying we use fare in a wrong way, I'm just saying that fare is one of the most used verbs.

In Jana's example:
Voglio far dare la spiegazione da Alfry.... you might change dare la spiegazione with spiegare ->
Voglio far spiegare da Alfry.

As you can see, there's no far fare but far + infinitive verb.

#### Alxmrphi

##### Senior Member
I understand why one of my "fare" has been removed, because to (correct me if I'm wrong) Have someone verbal-action it needs only one "fare", but if you want to say have someone make then you need two. Seeing as fare means to make/to do, I thought it would be the same if the meaning was "to do" and not "to make".

SO

Have him make a list
Fagli fare una lista

dunque...

Have him make a chair
Fagli fare una sedia

Fagli = Have him
fare = make

??

Make him leave/Fallo andare. - capisco
Make him write/Fallo scrivere. - capisco
Make Catherine make me tea.
Fai fare a Catherine un tè per me. - non capisco, perchè "Fai", e perchè non è "Have Catherine make me tea", ughhh questo is assurdo!

#### Jana337

##### Senior Member
Alex_Murphy said:
Make Catherine make me tea.
Fai fare a Catherine un tè per me. - non capisco, perchè "Fai", e perchè non è "Have Catherine make me tea", ughhh questo is assurdo!
Fai is the imperative of fare.

Make Catherine make tea for me. - A more literal translation.

Jana

#### Alxmrphi

##### Senior Member
Ok ok please please don't give up on me, I have a feeling I will get it soon.
But first, can you write 5 examples of "Have him/her/you/them (verb)", 5 of "Have + pronoun + make + verb/noun" so I can see more examples, and where you think confusion might arrise, can you explain it, like the "fai is the imperative of fare" really helped me when I looked back.

#### Alxmrphi

##### Senior Member
Ok, I understood *most* of that (I had a feeling arise only had one 'r' aswel)
except why you put Fa' (= fai) at the beginning of some.

Attempting..

" Fate i ragazzi scrivere i compiti.
Non farmi imparare il francese, non mi piace questa lingua.
Voglio farlo studiare di più."

You make the boys write their achivements.
I wont have to learn French, I don't like this language.
I want to make him study more.

That's gonna be so wrong.

Anyway, what I think will really help me is a syntax rule.
And I could get used to the patterns till it made sense.

Can you give me one please

#### coppergirl

##### Senior Member
Buona sera!

From Alex Murphy's posts, am I right in thinking that it is correct to say in Italian, "Far fare a il mio marito un caffè per me"?

Just checking . . .

Grazie!

#### Alfry

##### Senior Member
coppergirl said:
Buona sera!

From Alex Murphy's posts, am I right in thinking that it is correct to say in Italian, "Far fare a il mio marito un caffè per me"?

Just checking . . .

Grazie!

you might say either:
Far fare a mio marito un caffè per me,
or
Farmi fare un caffè da mio marito, which I prefer

#### Alxmrphi

##### Senior Member
you might say either:
Far fare a mio marito un caffè per me,
or
Farmi fare un caffè da mio marito, which I prefer

E come si dice questo in inglese? non voglio provare dirlo! lo dirò sbagliato!

#### coppergirl

##### Senior Member
Alex_Murphy said:
E come si dice questo in inglese? non voglio provare dirlo! lo dirò sbagliato!

Dear Alex,

I am not as expert as many on this list, but when translating

"Far fare a mio marito un caffè per me"

I would translate it as, "Get my husband to make me a coffee"

Because my Italian is at a basic level, I am not certain exactly why Alfry preferred, "Farmi fare un caffè da mio marito". However, I suspect it is because it seems to read with more fluidity than the first sentence because of the lack of the preposition "a", which seems to be a little awkward in the first sentence.

It might help if you tried to think of the idea in English, rather than the words. In my case, I am coming at it from my knowledge of French, which is very similar to Italian. The downside of this is that I can understand more Italian than I can write or speak!

I don't know if this helps, but I hope so. I also invite any native speakers or experts to correct any of this which may be incorrect.

Ciao!

#### moodywop

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Coppergirl

Actually you hit the nail on the head when you said that the second sentence "seems to read with more fluidity".

However it's the "per me" that sounds clumsy. We normally attach pronouns to the verb unless emphasis or contrast require otherwise:

Dammi il libro!

Dallo a me, non a lui

I'll try and give the sentence some context to show how it might be used:

Mio marito è un pigrone. Non riesco neanche a fargli fare un/il caffè
or Non riesco neanche a farmi fare un caffè da lui

#### coppergirl

##### Senior Member
Grazie, Moodywop!

Your examples were great - I especially found the "Dammi il libro" one useful because I am just studying this form of combined verb and pronoun, so it is very useful and I can recognise it when I am reading Italian sentences.

Ciao!

#### Alxmrphi

##### Senior Member
I have absolutely and totally lost it.

moodywop, if I write a sentence in Italian can you tell me the translation word for word (I know the word order won't make any sense in English, but believe me, it could help)

Far Fare a mio fratello un libro per me
Far Fare a my brother a book for me

just that part really, I want to know if the second Fare is the "to make" where it should say "Get my brother to make me a book", and what the first Far translates too.

#### coppergirl

##### Senior Member
Actually, moodywop (or anyone out there),

in Alex Murphy's sentence,

"Far Fare a il mio fratello un libro per me"

Do you need the "il" here before "mio fratello"? The reason I ask is that a new thread was begun last night on this subject (see "il mio bambino") and so I want to make sure I have the right idea here . . .

Grazie!

#### Alxmrphi

##### Senior Member
Oh that's right, before immediate family members with no adjectives it isn't used is it?

*goes back and removes it*

#### ElaineG

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Well spotted, coppergirl. You are completely right.

#### Alxmrphi

##### Senior Member
*Pulls on Elaine's arms to beg for an answer to his question*

#### ElaineG

##### Senior Member
Don't nag! But yes, you described the rule correctly!

#### b2b

##### Senior Member
Alex_Murphy said:
Ok, I understood *most* of that (I had a feeling arise only had one 'r' aswel)
except why you put Fa' (= fai) at the beginning of some.

Attempting..

" Fate scrivere i compiti ai ragazzi . (I'm not sure it's the correct translation of your English sentence, but now it's correct in Italian)
Non farmi imparare il francese, non mi piace questa lingua.
Voglio farlo studiare di più."

Sempre meglio

Ciao

#### Alxmrphi

##### Senior Member
e per domani sera, si può scrivere dei esempi e dunque posso li provare
"And for tomorrow evening, can someone writr some examples and then I can try them"

Basically, what I want is some sentences (In English) that require Fare, and some that require Far Fare, let's say, about 6/7 examples, and I will have a go at them and see if I have learnt about how to use this assolutamente assurdo structure!!

#### coppergirl

##### Senior Member
Buon giorno a tutti, e specialmente a Alex!

Alex, if you wanted some sentences in English to try, that I think can do.

I am also interested in this structure in Italian, although it would be useful if one of the native speakers might check these examples to see if they work properly in this structure. If any of the native speakers or moderators might provide better sentences than mine to translate, that would also be great!

I suspect that these all might be suitable for the "Far Fare" structure in Italian, although, to be honest, as in English I expect there are probably more elegant structures that would lend themselves equally well to these translations in either language.

All the same . . .

1. "Get the nurse to make the patient some tea."

2. "Get the children to make some ornaments for the Christmas tree."

3. "Get Paola to make me one of her special bookmarks when she comes over later."

4. "Get my husband to make me breakfast in bed, since it is Mother's Day."

5. "Get James to make his bed before he goes to school!"

6. "Get Elizabeth to make the dessert for me before the guests arrive."

Again, because I am new here and my Italian is pretty basic, I am not saying that there is not a better way to translate these than the "far fare" structure, which I think is a little awkward in both English and Italian (this sort of thing always reads better with a subjunctive to me anyway, and I personally prefer to gently ask people to do things, rather than to start off with "Get so-and-so to do such-and-such!") as it is more polite.

Still, it is the best I could do. Hope it helps. Any comments or clarifications from those "in the know" would be great!

Ciao!

#### moodywop

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Coppergirl
I'm not going to translate your examples since Alex wanted some sentences for translation practice.

Alex
I think the trouble is that you're trying to bite off more than you can chew. This is meant as advice based on personal experience, not as a criticism. When I was learning English I found it best to tackle the simpler forms of a structure before going on to the more complex ones.

I'll try and summarise the main uses of "far fare", starting with the simpler forms:

1. Fai andare Luigi = Get Luigi to go
Fallo andare = Get him to go
Fai andare LUI, non ME (contrast)

Fai lavare la macchina = Have the car washed
Falla lavare = Have it washed

2. Fai lavare la macchina a Paolo = Get Paolo to wash the car
Fagli lavare la macchina = get him to wash the car
Fagliela lavare = Get him to wash it
Fattela lavare da lui = Get him to wash it for you

I suggest you work on the simpler examples in 1. before tackling the more complicated pronoun combinations in 2.

More examples, using different tenses:

Hai fatto piangere Maria = you made Maria cry
L'hai fatta piangere = you made her cry

Ti farò licenziare = I'll have you fired

Stalin fece uccidere Trotzki = Stalin had Trotsky killed
Lo fece uccidere

Non si è mai fatto corrompere = he has never allowed himself to be bribed

Mi farò ridare i soldi = I'm going to get my money back
Me li farò ridare

OK, my break is over. Maybe someone could provide examples of uses I've missed.

#### coppergirl

##### Senior Member
Moodywop,

Actually, I think you are right! Point taken! Looking at all the ways you can express this concept in Italian, I think it is very complicated.

Cheers/ Grazie!

#### Alfry

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coppergirl said:
"Far Fare a il mio fratello un libro per me"

Do you need the "il" here before "mio fratello"? The reason I ask is that a new thread was begun last night on this subject (see "il mio bambino") and so I want to make sure I have the right idea here . . .

Grazie!

No, you don't have to put 'il' there.

Fratello is a close relative (unlike bambino which is a general word),
"Far Fare a mio fratello un libro per me" is ok

#### Alxmrphi

##### Senior Member
Arrrgghh it's toooooooo complicated non conoscerò mai questo!!!!! (wonders if conoscere is irregular)
I think I'm gonna re-write what you said moodywop and stick it on my wall so I'm constantly reminded of it.

#### elleboro

##### Senior Member
I had a discussion with a friend who claims that the Italian phrase "farsi fare" can be translated by using a reflexive pronoun . e.g.
2) I always have myself reproached
3) Let yourself examined by a doctor.
I have never seen this structure and I want to make sure whether it is grammatically correct.

#### virgilio

##### Senior Member
elleboro,
(1) is OK. You could also more colloquially say "She got herself a new dress made".
(2) is wrong, unless you actually want to be reproached - which is unlikely! Otherwise a simple passive - using the colloquial "to get" instead of "to be" - would be used.
I get reproached
(3) Here there are two possibilitiesa) "Get yourself examined by a doctor" or "Have yourself examined by a doctor"
(b) If you use "let", it must be followed by the full 'naked' infinitive - whereas "get" and "have" (above) omit the "to be" and use only the past participle.
"Let yourself be examined by a doctor".

Hope this helps.
Virgilio

#### billioon

##### Senior Member
Ciao
effettivamente la prima mi suona davvero bene conoscendo il modo "capovolto" dell'inglese
Io credo che sia corretto

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