How do you translate to ask a question in Italian?
In this lesson we’ll take a look at this very expression, also known as collocation, and will even talk about what kind of different questions are there in Italian and what words you are likely to hear as a reply.
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To ask a question in Italian
First things first, let’s translate to ask question in Italian.
Fare una domanda
To ask a question
To ask a question in Italian – Let’s break this up!
Fare una domanda literally means to do a question.
To do, to make
You can’t really translate this expression literally as “chiedere una domanda”, where chiedere means to ask. You can ask something, however, which is translated into Italian as chiedere qualcosa.
To ask (for) something
L’ospite chiese un bicchiere d’acqua.
The guest asked for a glass of water.
Fare is a verb of the first -are group and it happens to be the most common verb in the Italian language. Its indicativo presente conjugation is irregular and is as follows.
It’s a common mistake even for some native speakers to say “voi facete”. It sounds so natural, doesn’t it? This is a BIG mistake though, so remember: the correct conjugation is voi fate!
You will find fare in a huge number of expressions. Some of these are:
To go grocery shopping
Fare un disegno
To make a drawing
Fare i compiti
To do the homework
For example, you could say:
La mamma fa spesa al supermercato.
Mom shops for groceries at the supermarket.
Giovanna sa fare dei bellissimi disegni.
Giovanna can make some very beautiful drawings.
Federico e Marta stanno facendo i compiti.
Federico and Marta are doing their homework.
We said that the translation for to ask a question in Italian is fare una domanda. Domanda is a feminine noun. It is often followed by a descriptive adjective.
Posso farti una domanda?
Can I ask you a question?
Nessuno degli studenti aveva domande da fare.
None of the students had any questions to ask.
Domanda can also mean demand.
La domanda di ingegneri è raddoppiata negli ultimi anni.
The demand for engineers has doubled in recent years.
There are many kinds of question. Some you may find in Italian are…
For example, you could say…
I bambini fanno spesso domande imbarazzanti.
Children often ask embarrassing questions.
Ti ho fatto una domanda lecita: dove sei stato ieri notte?
I asked a legitimate question: where were you last night?
È una domanda retorica o vuoi davvero una risposta?
Is this a rhetorical question or do you really want an answer?
To ask a question in Italian – Examples
Qualcuno ha domande da fare?
Does anyone have any questions?
Sono stato indelicato, non avrei dovuto farti quella domanda.
I was indelicate, I shouldn’t have asked that question.
Il test è composto da dieci domande con risposta multipla.
The test consists of ten multiple-choice questions.
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