sapere il fatto proprio

Today’s Parola del Giorno is the expression sapere il fatto proprio, which means to know what’s what.

Note that proprio changes to agree with the subject. In our example, proprio changes to suo because of the third person subject (Maria).  If the subject of the sentence were io, then the pronoun would change to mio, etc.

All’inizio credevamo che Maria fosse una tipa ingenua. Invece sa il fatto suo, non viene mai impreparata alle riunioni di lavoro.

In the beginning we used to think Maria was naive. Instead she knows what’s what and never comes to work meeting unprepared.

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