As a native english speaker I'm starting to question my own abilities because "I live near to my parents." isn't accepted... have I been practicing swedish too long and started going crazy? =O
I'm obviously not a native speaker of English myself, but I think with a spatial meaning, most people would prefer to say close to but near without the to. Near to is more often used to convey an abstract sense, that's probably why it wasn't included to begin with. I don't think it's wrong per se though, so I'll add it.
Thanks! It amazes me how rarely these issues crop up when there are so many ways to say things, especially given the course isn't long out of beta. Really appreciate all your hard work!
Just thinking more about it now, "I live near my parents' house" sounds fine, but I like it better with "to" when I'm talking about my parents, not their house. I guess you're right about the abstractness, but maybe we have different views on what's abstract!
"i live near my grandparents" is also not accepted but i think it's correct.
Thanks vinylcyanide... I should have not been so quick to ask. After hearing it often enough I'm catching on. And I'm also working with a hearing loss... so I need to give these words more time to "sink in." I appreciate everybody's help here. This is a wonderful way to learn.