I heard both versions of this sentence and I wonder which one is the correct one. In the Google translator it says "Io faccio", but in the real world I heard multiple times "Faccio io".

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    – Charo
    Commented Nov 2, 2020 at 11:47

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Both are short sentences consisting of two words: Io is “I”, the first-person pronoun; faccio is the first person of the present tense of the verb fare, “to do”.

This said, both are possible Italian sentences, with different meanings. Io faccio simply, plainly means “I do” and lacks an object. The person you are speaking to would likely ask you something like Fai che cosa? (“You do what?”).

Faccio io is used only in specific contexts, since it stresses the io part, almost as in: “Step aside and let me do it”.

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    Thank you a lot, completely understood
    – Bob
    Commented Nov 3, 2020 at 7:26
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    @Bob Maybe it's obvious, but it's worth also noting that "Io faccio", while it can be translated with "I do", does not always have the same meaning of "I do" because "fare" does not have the same auxiliary use in Italian that it has in English. (E.g. you can't translate "Do you want to go shopping? I do!" with "Vuoi andare a far compere? Lo faccio!", that doesn't make sense, but you can translate e.g. "I do a lot of things" with "(Io) faccio molte cose"). Another possible translation is "I make". Commented Dec 1, 2020 at 10:53
  • @user2723984 well, my scenario is that we discuss tasks in our meetings and normally I want to say I do it/ I will do it, so after this answer, I use "faccio io" and I hope it is the correct approach.
    – Bob
    Commented Dec 2, 2020 at 11:49
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    @Bob: In this case it sounds a tad too brusque. It might be better to say Ci penso io, Me ne occupo io or even Lo faccio io, while just Faccio io, without even an object, sounds a bit like you wanted to silence the person you are talking to.
    – DaG
    Commented Dec 2, 2020 at 12:27

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