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"I am as good a student as my teachers are"

Discussion in 'English Only' started by canduman, May 13, 2009.

  1. canduman Junior Member

    Kocaeli, Turkey
    Turkish
    Suppose I am a mediocre student and I want to blame it on my teachers, whom I think of as mediocre (in their professions, that's) as well. Would the following be an acceptable way to express this?

    "I am as good a student as my teachers are"

    Or does it sound equivocal? Any suggestions on putting this otherwise?
     
  2. Judica Senior Member

    East Coast, US
    AE (US), Spanish (LatAm)
    I would say:

    I am as good a student as my teachers allowed me to be.
     
  3. Loob

    Loob Senior Member

    English UK
    Hello, canduman - welcome to the forums:)

    The difficulty with your sentence is that it implies:
    (1) I am a mediocre (or good or bad) student
    (2) My teachers are mediocre (or good or bad) students, too.

    I suspect you need to change it to a more general statement - perhaps:
    A student is only as good as his teachers.

    EDIT: I've just seen Judica's version, which would work well and keep it specific to you:thumbsup:
     
  4. canduman Junior Member

    Kocaeli, Turkey
    Turkish
    A student is only as good as his teachers sounds plausible.
    The problem here seems to be the same as that of comparing oranges and apples.

    Thanks for the warm&prompt welcome.
     
  5. Cagey post mod

    California
    English - US
    Judica and Loob have offered sentences that are more likely to be said. The following comparison seems to be closer to your original sentence, though we are less likely to say it.
    I am as good a student as my teachers are teachers.
     
  6. canduman Junior Member

    Kocaeli, Turkey
    Turkish
    This is precisely what I wanted to say. Thanks.
     
  7. johndot Senior Member

    English - England
    “I’m as good a student as they are teachers” is idiomatic; or, to be more polite (if you feel like being polite) you could say, “I’m as good a student as my teachers are educators.”
     
  8. manon33 Senior Member

    English - England (Yorkshire)
    :)Or you could consider not saying it at all, since it is unlikely to be true. How good or bad a student you are is not down to your teacher! Your teacher's skill has a bearing on how much you learn and how, but motivation, application and the capacity for independent thought and learning are equally, if not more, important factors in how good a student you are.

    Apologies for diverting this thread from its purely grammatical path, but I hate to see all that misdirected energy...
     
  9. Veentea Senior Member

    Québec
    English - US
    In my opinion, this sounds much better. It works whether the student is a poor student or a great student.

    "...allowed me to be" gives the impression that the teacher hindered the student.
     
  10. Loob

    Loob Senior Member

    English UK
    I like johndot's
    “I’m as good a student as my teachers are educators.”
    :)
     

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