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To let someone do something: Italian grammar lesson 194

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How to use letting someone do something in Italian? Learn the grammar with simple rules and examples and practice with audio lessons.

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Your lessons keep referring to a previous lesson. But give no clue how to go back to that lesson, or find it. The emails you send do not have the lesson number on the. All very unsatisfactory. Where is lesson 193 ? How could I locate it?


   
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Sorry, I just published it! Please check again. Thank you for telling me. 😛

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@stefano 

You say that "fagli and falle are indirect object pronouns, and fallo and falla are direct object pronouns"

So does that mean that when one wants to say let him/ her, it doesn't matter whether one uses a direct  or indirect object pronoun for him/her?


   
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Do these examples answer your question?

  1. E' innocente. Fallo uscire!
    He's innocent. Let him out! (direct objet)
  2. Fagli vedere il tuo disegno!
    Let him see your drawing! (= show him) (indirect object)

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Yes = grazie mille.

I sent you another question which you have yet to answer.

II am told that "farmi capper" =" make myself BE UNDERSTOOD" rather than make myself understand.

I am afraid that just doesn't make sense to me. Can you please explain?

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Apologies for the typing error. What I meant was 

I am told that "farmi capire" =" make myself BE UNDERSTOOD" rather than make myself understand.

Please explain why that is so!


   
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Ciao Morton!

"Farmi capire" is a reflexive verb. That means the actions reflect itself on the subject. In this case, fare a se stesso or fare a me (farmi is composed by the verb fare and the pronominal particle mi). That is why the meaning is make myself be understood.

"Fammi capire" is fai capire a me (fare + me). The meaning is make me understand.

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Ciao Morton!

We've seen your question and it's been answered in your latest comment 🙂

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Ciao Morton!

I understand why it can be confusing for you. But think of it this way: try to compose the sentence "breaking" the reflexive verb to understand the meaning.

The first sentence would be, Puoi far vedere a me la tua Ferrari? (minor correction: in Italian auto/macchina is a female noun). Can you make me see your Ferrari?

And the second sentence would be, Voglio far vedere me nella Ferrari ai miei amici. I want to make myself be seen on the Ferrari by my friends.

Remember that "farmi" is make myself.

Let me know if it's less confusing for you or not.

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Ciao Morton!

Don't apologize, we are here to help you on your learning journey so ask all the questions you have!

Let's do a little recap before answering your question. Reflexive verbs in Italian come with pronominal particles. I will take as an example the verb Farsi.

io mi faccio
tu ti fai
lei/lui si fa
noi ci facciamo
voi vi fate
loro si fanno

In the pronominal form it would be:

Farmi: fare a me
Farti: fare a te
Farsi: fare a sé
Farci: fare a noi
Farvi: fare a voi

So "Farvi capire" means fare capire a voi or as you wrote make you (plural) understand. It's different from "farmi capire" = it's me who is making myself be understood. While "farvi capire" it's me who is explaining something to you (plural).

Make you be understood would be "farsi capire".

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