I live with my wife and son. My parents live 3 blocks away and visit us monthly.

Is it a little bit unnatural to use visit here? They are my parents, not other relatives like aunt, niece and nephews.

  • If you are living in their house, while they spend most of their time traveling, then visit would be strange; they'd be coming home. Feb 25 '20 at 2:20
  • @AntonSherwood Does "their house" mean ownership?
    – WXJ96163
    Feb 25 '20 at 2:39
  • Ownership and regular residence. My scenario is somewhat farfetched. Feb 25 '20 at 8:03

It seems perfectly normal to me (British English).

  • Thank you! If I say "they come to see us monthly", does it mean the same?
    – WXJ96163
    Feb 25 '20 at 0:08
  • Yes. That's another way of saying it.
    – Colin Fine
    Feb 25 '20 at 0:10

Since "visit" has many definitions related to "coming in order to spend time" then we can say that there is absolutely no difference in who is visiting whom.

  • Will your mom visit us (pay us a visit) on Sunday?
  • I went to London to visit my friend Jack.
  • My sister visited me when she was on vacation.
  • Will you visit your grandma in hospital tomorrow?

Almost in all cases "to visit" means "to come and spend time with as a relative or guest", but it can also mean "to attend a place for admiration and (or) sightseeing" which is:

  • I visited New York last year and took some photos.
  • We are planning to visit the art museum in the evening.

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