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    (my) parents

    Hi,

    ''I am 35 and I am still living with (my) parents.''

    I'd like to ask if 'my' is necessary or not?

    Thanks.

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    Re: (my) parents

    Necessary for what? It's probably not completely necessary for you to be understood but the sentence is better with it included.

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    #3

    Re: (my) parents

    I would say it's necessary. Not only is the sentence (in my opinion) grammatically incorrect without it, the use of "my" also ensures that the listener/reader knows that you're not living with someone else's parents.

    However, I agree with jutfrank that your sentence would be understood without "my" but I would add that it would mark you out as a non-native speaker of English.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #4

    Re: (my) parents

    I would say "my" is necessary. It sounds like something is missing if you leave that out.

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    #5

    Re: (my) parents

    I agree that it is necessary to include "my" in this sentence.
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