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    #1

    .....tired of her servant chipping her plates...

    1. American socialite who was tired of her servant chipping her plate.

    2. American socialite who was tired of her servant's chipping her plate.

    Which is correct?

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    #2

    Re: .....tired of her servant chipping her plates...

    I'm guessing that you're referring to Josephine Cochrane, the woman who invented the dishwasher. Josephine Cochrane was a wealthy Chicago-area socialite who loved to entertain. She was very proud of her fine china, which had been in her family since the 17th century. Unfortunately, her household staff didn’t share her pride and were most careless when washing and drying her prized plates. Cochrane was tired of finding chips and cracks in her best dishes, she decided there must be a more efficient way of cleaning them.

    If I am correct in my guess, then the proper phrase would be:
    tired of her servants chipping her plates

    Because it wasn't just one member of her staff who was careless with her plates, it was many different people so the plural "servants" would be used.


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    Re: .....tired of her servant chipping her plates...

    not a teacher.

    If this is supposed to be a full sentence, it should start with an "An."

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    #4

    Re: .....tired of her servant chipping her plates...

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    not a teacher.

    If this is supposed to be a full sentence, it should start with an "An."
    It still won't be a (complete) sentence.

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    #5

    Re: .....tired of her servant chipping her plates...

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    not a teacher.

    If this is supposed to be a full sentence, it should start with an "An."
    It wasn't a full sentence, it was part of a descriptive apposotive taken from an article about Josephine Cochran.

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