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How to say that someone had a very important influence in your life?

I know the word "milestone" which is mostly used for events.. Is there any similar word that can be used for people?


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The common word to refer to a person is "influence". – Scott Jul 3 '14 at 22:20
The "milestone" might be called a turning point in your life. – Jim Jul 3 '14 at 22:21
@Jim can we use "turning point" referring to a person? – HaneenSu Jul 3 '14 at 22:23
No, the person is not a turning point. You would say something like, "Meeting Dave represented a turning point in my life." – Jim Jul 3 '14 at 22:24
@Scott I think your comment should be an edit. – bib Jul 3 '14 at 22:36

An individual who had a very important influence in your life could be just about anyone depending on the circumstances. A word or expression for that person could be mentor, confidant, counselor, adviser, teacher, coach, guardian angel, or the devil himself.

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well I want to tell the person how important is he/she to me. I should have made this clear in the question probably. – HaneenSu Jul 3 '14 at 23:58

You can call them an inspiration.

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