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    Please proofread my sentences.
    1. I always let the fishmonger cut the fish into portions.
    2. I always have the fish cut into portions by the fishmonger.
    3. I always let the fish cut into protions by the fishmonger.

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    #2

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    1 and 2 are OK.

    3 doesn't work at all. It sounds as if you are allowing the fish to do something. Also, you misspelt "portions". If you add "be" after "fish" and correct the spelling of "portions", 3 would be OK.

    On a separate note, are you sure that you "let" the fishmonger do it? That sounds as if he wants to do it and asks for your permission. That's not usually what happens. Usually the customer specifically asks the fishmonger to cut the fish up for him/her.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

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    First of all I wanted to know whether the sentences are grammatically correct.
    Thanks for your extra explanation. These things help me a lot to get a better and deeper understanding of English.

    Please also take a look at the following sentences.
    4. I always have the fish cut into portions through the fishmonger.
    5. I always get the fish cut into portions by the fishmonger.
    6. I always get the fishmonger to cut the fish into portions.

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    #4

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    #4 is incorrect. You need 'by the fishmonger'.

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    #5

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    5 and 6 are grammatically correct. Sentence 6 is usually the better choice because it's more direct.

    Sadly, we Americans don't have fishmongers, or mongers of anything, for that matter. We'd have to write a much more complicated sentence to express the idea in these sentences.
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    #6

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    According to this site, you do have them but there aren't many of them.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #7

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    American retail is such a vast landscape that representatives of nearly any specialty can be found somewhere in it. However, the many trades that end in -monger are barely represented here. Most Americans would, I think, scratch their heads and wonder what a "fishmonger" does if presented with the OP's sentences.

    Now I'm off to the lunchmonger!
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    #8

    Re: fishmonger

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    lunchmonger
    For the benefit of our learners, that word does not exist. GoesStation was being humorous.

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