I thanked my teacher for giving me a pass mark in the exam.

Is there a single word or short phrase for the emphasised phrase?

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    Passing me is common. A word particular to you/me... harder, if at all. Commented Jul 2, 2014 at 9:35
  • Do you really want to restrict the possible answers to a single word that can be used as a direct replacement for the phrase?
    – Frank
    Commented Jul 2, 2014 at 10:19
  • Hm, phrases could be okay as well I guess. The more concise the better though.
    – d33tah
    Commented Jul 2, 2014 at 10:29
  • You want concise? "Thank You." or "Thanks". If you mumble thanks, it could be even shorter.
    – Oldcat
    Commented Jul 2, 2014 at 17:13
  • I do not understand the sentence. Why would you thank the teacher for giving you the grade you’ve earned? Or are you thanking them for giving you a better grade than you deserved?
    – tchrist
    Commented Jul 11, 2014 at 22:35

3 Answers 3


"Pass" is the appropriate verb:

pass — to cause or permit to complete successfully (an investigation, examination, course of study, etc.): I am passing the whole class this term.

The example usage refers to a study who is "passing" but you can assign the cause to a teacher or professor just like your example does:

I thanked my teacher for passing me on the exam.

This is typically used for classes or courses but it still works for individual passing grades. The opposite of "passing" is "failing":

I thanked my teacher for failing me on the exam.


The teacher spared you.

The teacher was clement. He showed clemency.

I once used "he let me off the hook."



To make someone, or to become competent or eligible for some position or task.  

To certify or license someone for something.


I thanked the teacher for qualifying me in the exam.


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