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navi posted:

Do either of the above work?

Hello again, Navi,

I can't say that I like either of those sentences. Instead of (B), I recommend:

A1) They have one servant who cleans the house, another one who does their shopping, and yet another one who does all there is to be done in the kitchen.

A2) They have one servant clean the house, another one do their shopping, and yet another one do all there is to be done in the kitchen.

Instead of (B), I recommend:

B1) The have a house-cleaning servant, a grocery-shopping servant, and an all-star kitchen servant.

Even if we accept (A) and (B), they don't prove that (1) or (2) carry hidden implications about other servants or other job descriptions. Just because someone has a servant S1 to do chore C1 doesn't mean he has another servant S2 to do chore C2 or that S1 does or does not do C2 in addition to C1.

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