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"Father" vs. "Dad" in English

What Is Their Main Difference?

Both refer to the male figure that participates in making children. However, a 'dad' is someone who listens to their children, is emotionally supportive, and whose children rely on him whenever things go wrong. A 'father', on the other hand, is someone that only pays the bills and takes care of his family's basic needs like food and shelter.

Differences

As was stated above, a 'dad' is someone who is caring, kind, and supportive of his children. He listens to them and understands their emotions. Let us take a look at the examples below:

Look Samantha! Dad is standing right there.

I had a father, but her was never a dad to me. He never even hugged me.

We call someone a 'father' who is fertile and can have children. However, he only provides food, shelter, etc. He is not emotionally supportive of his children. He only hears them, but never listens to them. Take a look at the examples below:

Jacques Lacan believes that the child then enters the realm of the father which is the symbol of the society.

Anyone can be a father, you know.

Similarities

Both refer to the male figure in the family that is fertile and can have children. Look below:

Yes, your father was narcissistic but can you change him?

But dad never leaves me, does he?

Are They Interchangeable?

A lot of people use them interchangeably. However, if you want to be specific that someone is only a 'father', not a 'dad', you have to use the words properly. Compare:

✓ The teacher is gonna call my dad.

✓ The teacher is gonna call my father.

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