And the rest of the world. Except in America, where for some reason it's frowned upon.
Well there are a few places that I've been to that it is also looked on with some distain, not just the United States. It is like that in the United States because must likely the situation is that there is a deadbeat kid that just mooches off his family. In many other countries, the children work along side their parents in the same business or field of work, hence they are much closer because they wake up, work, and eat together. A false equivalent.
It happened in the 1950's. I can't explain all of the reasons, but suffice it to say that the nuclear family (parents and their children only) became emphasized and extended family were only people that came by for holidays. Some of it had to do with home-ownership being seen as this all-important entity. I think it has caused a lot of problems in American society.
allthough I totally knew it was wrong, a naughty part of my wanted to answer "I live with my genitals ....."
What is italian phrase for "my mind is in the gutter" (asking for a friend;)
Again, why is the definite article needed here? Would "Vivo con miei genitori" be correct as well? Grazie.
The only time you omit the article with the possessive is with singular, unmodified family members. This is plural, so you use the article.
On top of Gandalf's post, you always add the article when it's a descriptive. For example, "Il mio cane" describes the dog as yours, but "È il tuo cane? È mio" is used as an answer and not a direct descriptive (note how "tuo" had "il" in front of it because it was a direct descriptive for the dog).
On other sentances I have been penalised for using 'con i' and told to use coi. Is it always necessary to contract to 'coi
"Coi" and "con i" can both be used, the former being the correct and formal version, the latter being the everyday and common solution :-)
How does one differentiate use of abitare versus vivere when asked to translate "I live with my parents" Seems like both are used in this exercise.
You make a valid point. I would always use «abito» if talking about my physical residence and «vivo» if talking about how much I love life and feel so alive living with my parents, I suppose. ;D
'Parents' is always and only genitori. I padri means 'the fathers' and, unlike Spanish,not 'parents' as father+mother (unless it's a same sex couple but the language hasn't evolved that far, yet :-))
so what if it is singular? If your only parent was your Mother would it become Genitora? and genitoro for just Father? or am I just making this up?
No, the singular of «genitore» is «il genitore», regardless of the physical gender of the person, just like «la persona» means "person" regardless of the physical gender.
I know it's common to use just "i miei" as parents, why wasn't this accepted here?