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My friend was given the task of writing a card to a teacher to thank them for the hard work they've done.

She wrote this single phrase in the card:

'Unfortunately your help and our sucess are mutually exclusive.'

I cannot help but think this attempt at humour was a) poorly worded and b) as a result of it's poor choice of words, insulting to the teacher. Sure this implies that her help immediately rules out any chance of sucess? Perhaps if my friend had said that our maths class and sucess were mutually exclusive, implying we're the useless ones rather than our teacher's teaching, then it would have made sense.

Your views?

I really don't want our teacher to be unintentionally insulted.
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>Sure this implies that her help immediately rules out any chance of sucess?

Indeed. Very sarcastic and rude.
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Oh dear!! If I was a teacher who received this message, I would be truly offended and upset.

So much better to say "Your help led to our success"
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No, no, no! That won't do at all.

CJ
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Feebs11So much better to say "Your help led to our success"
Hmm, shouldn't it be Your help has led to our success?
Can be - doesn't have to be.