Is this a normal sentence in english?
The authors would thank XY for his support ....
For me as a nonnative speaker it sounds like there needs to follow a negative part
.. if XY hadn't screwed up something else.
Personally I think this is correct, 25,000,000 to 100,000 google hits seem to confirm it:
We would like to thank XY for ...
Is the first sentence correct too? What kind of sentence/time is it?