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I will find that 爸 (bà) is father if I look it up in a dictionary, but I've never heard anyone say that or 媽, only 爸爸 and 媽媽.

But can I still say just 爸?

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    Absolutely, in fact , only little child say 爸爸, otherwise you wannt to act like a spoiled child. – wolfrevo Mar 19 '17 at 11:10
  • Might vary by environment. I certainly don't call my father 爸爸, but I might refer to him (to others) as 我爸爸. (Only to people with whom I'm familiar, though. Otherwise, I employ the usual 父親.) – Brian Tung Mar 20 '17 at 21:27
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    Same as when you called your father "Dad" vs "Daddy" and your mother "Mom" vs "Mommy". "Daddy" and "Mommy" are similar to 爸爸 and 媽媽. – Alex Mar 21 '17 at 20:08
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Yes, of course you can. For example,

我爸叫我去學開車。
我媽煮的飯很好吃。
你爸剛來過。
你媽說今天要多穿點衣服。

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Sure, there are many different ways to mean "father" in Chinese:

父亲:a formal and polite word, not usual for daily use

令尊:a very polite word to replace "your father"

家父: equals to “my father” when you are talking with someone else (more polite)

泰山 or 岳丈: a very polite way to call your wife's father,while "岳父" is more common

公公: your husband's father

爸爸 = 爸 = 老爹: just like "dad"

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Yes,

In my mind,I always say "爸爸" or "妈妈" when I was children.

But now ,I always say them "爸" or "妈“ .

Because,"爸爸" or "妈妈",It sounds very childish。

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可以的,但是单独的“爸”字是一种比较口语话的,一般情况下,在比较正式的文章上并不能使用。

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In Chinese, may things are repeated for emphasis, etc. For example, 转转弯弯 is the same thing as 转弯. This is another one of those types of things.

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To be politer, you say 爸爸, although you can say 阿爸 with less formality and politeness, but 爸 is the worst. I get told off when I call my dad 爸. Hope this helps you.

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actually,we use 爸爸 or 爸 as Dad.爸爸 and 爸,they are no difference.or you can say that 爸 is the abbreviation of 爸爸,the same as 妈 to 妈妈.but 爷 does not mean 爷爷,奶 does not mean 奶奶.usually,we translate father as 父亲,it is a very formal form of address.

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可以用单独的"爸"或者"妈",只是"爸爸"和"妈妈"用得比较多一些

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I think 爸爸 more like daddy in English. And 爸 likes dad...

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