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    #1

    both their teacher

    Can one say:
    1) I was both their teacher.
    instead of:
    1a) I was the teacher of both of them.

    2) Both their cars were bought on the same day.

    Can one tell if:
    2a) they own two cars jointly
    or if :
    2b) each of them owns one of the cars?
    In the first case, one would not know how many of 'them' there are. But I don't think the sentence could mean '2a'.

    Gratefully,
    Navi.

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    #2

    Re: both their teacher

    Sentence 1 is incorrect. Sentence 2 is about two cars, each belonging to one of the people you're discussing.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: both their teacher

    For #1, try,
    I taught them both.

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