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thanking my teachers

Posted: Tue Oct 06, 2020 7:30 am
by navi
Which are correct:

1) I want to thank all my teachers.
2) I want to thank all those who have been my teachers.
3) I want to thank all those who have been my teachers at one point in time.

4) I want to thank all those who were my teachers at one point in time.


Can one use '1', '2' and '3' if one doesn't have any teachers anymore and is thanking those who were one's teachers in the past?

Gratefully,
Navi

Re: thanking my teachers

Posted: Tue Oct 06, 2020 9:59 pm
by BonnieL
The first one is fine - short & to the point.

Re: thanking my teachers

Posted: Wed Oct 07, 2020 12:14 am
by navi
Thank you very much, Bonnie,

Can I use the first one even if I don't have any teachers now and want to thank those who were my teachers in the past?

Gratefully,
Navi

Re: thanking my teachers

Posted: Wed Oct 07, 2020 8:50 am
by Phil White
navi wrote: Wed Oct 07, 2020 12:14 am Can I use the first one even if I don't have any teachers now and want to thank those who were my teachers in the past?
Nobody ever stops having teachers.

Context, context, context. If it is clear that you are 59 and no longer in full-time education, "teachers" probably refers to the teachers you had in the past - with my caveat above. If it is known that you are in some kind of formal education, it will probably mean present and former teachers.