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what does it mean 'facere" ? and does " faceva" means "was" or " made" ?

in the example : il padre di Abramo lincon di mestiere faceva il falegname.
does faceva = was or made ?
if "was" what is the verb ?
if "made" is it possible in italian to say : 'made carpenter" and not exercised the carpentry ??

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    "facere" doesn't exist...you mean FARE (make, do, be etc etc).

    il padre di Abramo lincon di mestiere faceva il falegname.
    in this context "faceva" is the past (imperfetto) of "fare" and it means that Lincoln's father was a carpenter.

    was is the past of ESSERE (irregular auxiliar verb).

    :)

    - 1. faceva il falegname
    Other possibilities:
    -- {di mestiere, per vivere} faceva lavori di falegnameria
    -- era un falegname
    (1) and (3) are the best expressions, as it is terse and not ambiguos.
    Regarding (3), it is implied that: 'come lavoro, era un falegname'
    as obviously he would have been many other things other than being a carpenter.

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