Present Subjunctive

erniecox

erniecox

In Italian course Level 2,  Module 8:4 Asking For Directions, there's a sentence where Maria says:

Per andarci, bisogna che faccia etc.    Howard explains the use of bisogna che, but then there's no explanation whatsoever that I can find to explain the use of FACCIA.  What am I missing here?  It just shows up out of the blue? 

Just wondering why it was skipped over in the conversation.    I can't see where it was previously explained in another lesson, unless I missed it. 

 
caterina-rocket-italian-tutor

caterina-rocket-italian-tutor

Hi erniecox, 

Thanks for your question.
The term "faccia" is the subjunctive form (congiuntivo) of the verb "fare" (to do).
This topic is explained into detail in module 13.7 Subjunctive - Regular Verbs, and later on in modules 14.7 Subjunctive - Irregular Verbs (Part 1) and 14.8 Subjunctive - Irregular Verbs (Part 2).

The Subjunctive is used:
- to express emotions, opinions, doubts, hopes and wishes
- in dependent clauses preceded by the word "che" that
- in some imperative forms

Generally, the terms "bisogna che" are always followed by a subjunctive verb:

Bisogna che tu mi dica la verità - It's necessary you tell me the truth
      "dica" (Subjunctive) comes from "dire" (to tell)

Bisogna che lei lo legga velocemente - It's necessary she reads it quickly
       "legga" (Subjunctive) comes from "leggere" (to read)

Bisogna che (tu) faccia un'inversione a U - It's necessary you do a U-turn
        "faccia" (Subjunctive) comes from "fare" (to do)

Hope this clarifies the use of "faccia", which I am sure you will look into more detail in the next modules.

Let me know in case I can help you further :)

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