"Fai la guardia."

January 16, 2013


I thought this meant you are the guard...I understood fare is used to mean IS/ARE when speaking of professions.

April 29, 2013

Same here

June 2, 2013

It doesn't mean the same thing, but you can say 'you be the guard'. If you were playing a game, you could say, "You be the guard and I'll be the prisoner"' for example. I admit that it is a very specific instance, but it is certainly idiomatic English. Having said that, I'm not at all sure that that is what the Italian sentence is saying.:)

February 18, 2013

Wikipedia: The imperative form is understood as being in the second person (the subject pronoun you is usually omitted, although it can be included for emphasis),

July 11, 2013

That wouldn't work in Italian though, because they have a different tense for commands.

May 16, 2013

Thanks! :)

May 16, 2013

Apparently (learnt from an Italian native in a previous lesson) that "fare+il+job" is the same as "work as <job>" or "to be a <occupation>" in English... Seems like a common usage/idiomatic sentence formation than a simple grammatical sentence formation.

February 28, 2013

Can this be translated as "you work as THE guard" too?

March 16, 2013

i do not know

January 29, 2018

'you be the guard' is NOT the correct ranslation

January 16, 2013

it isn't????

January 29, 2018

Why not? "Fai" can be an imperative as well.

January 16, 2013

what is an imperative?

January 18, 2013


March 26, 2013

I agree too but according to the hints could this sentence not also be translated as 'He is a policeman'

April 3, 2013

Is you make the guard and acceptable translation?

June 26, 2013

Why is not good solution if I use the word "policeman" instead guard

July 14, 2013

No idea. Oxford English Italian dictionary says that policeman is the second meaning for guardia.

I did the same thing first time around, but I think that the general rule we should follow is to take the first hint they give us, unless we know it can't possibly be right. It makes it easier to decide. If I remember, guard was the top definition.

July 14, 2013

because the computer wants every thing perfect

January 29, 2018

The hints did not accurately portray this as a possible translation... But I suppose this site is built to teach us the idioms via our mistakes? I'm not sure.

July 19, 2013
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