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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.

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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.

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