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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?

Thanks!

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The common word to refer to a person is "influence". –  Scott Jul 3 at 22:20
    
The "milestone" might be called a turning point in your life. –  Jim Jul 3 at 22:21
    
@Jim can we use "turning point" referring to a person? –  HaneenSu Jul 3 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 at 22:24
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@Scott I think your comment should be an edit. –  bib Jul 3 at 22:36

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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 at 23:58

You can call them an inspiration.

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