You must have parents with whom you can live

Is the bold part a relative clause? - Relative clauses usually describe the subject, sometimes they are restrictive clauses (essential informations in order to be undestood) or non-restrictive clauses (non-essential information, .i.e.: they aren't necessary to make the sentence understandable).

How would you classify that part? If not a Relative clause, then what?

  • Try this definition: Relative clauses are clauses starting with the relative pronouns who*, that, which, whose, where, when. They are most often used to define or identify the noun that precedes them.
    – Jim
    Commented Feb 13, 2017 at 5:14

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Yes, in your example "with whom you can live" is a restrictive relative clause (RRC). RRCs with a wh-word begin with a relative expression. Here, the relative expression is "with whom". A relative expression is a NP that is a wh-word, a NP with "whose" as determiner, or a prepositional phrase whose object is a relative expression.

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