[General] left/left his family

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Will17

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Hello,

Is "his family" necessary here, please?

"My friend's father left when he was 2 years old".

"My friend's father left his family when he was 2 years old".

Thanks a lot

Will
 

emsr2d2

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In BrE, you would certainly be understood if you simply said "My dad left when I was two" or similar. No-one will think you mean that he just popped out to do some shopping (although that might have been his excuse, before never coming back!)
 
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