9

What is the correct word order between have/had, been, and already in statements like the following:

By the time the product was officially announced, I had already been using it.

Or:

By the time the product was officially announced, I had been already using it.

Or:

By the time the product was officially announced, I had been using it already.

5

I think the first and third would be more common, and probably the first sounds a bit more natural than the third. The middle sentence ("I had been already using it...") would be fairly rare, I think, at least among UK speakers.

Note that "By the time that..." would be a bit more natural than "When" here.

protected by tchrist Mar 1 '15 at 18:19

Thank you for your interest in this question. Because it has attracted low-quality or spam answers that had to be removed, posting an answer now requires 10 reputation on this site (the association bonus does not count).

Would you like to answer one of these unanswered questions instead?

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.