• The attachment has already been sent
  • The attachment has been already sent

While writing an email to my fiancé, I tried to convey that I had sent the referred attachment in a previous email. Which sentence is correct?

Is there an expression or phrase that means "a previous file attachment"?

  • This is easy to check online and in Word.,
    – Lambie
    Jul 2, 2021 at 15:29

2 Answers 2


"The attachment has already been sent " is correct. You could also say simply "I have already sent the attachment".

  • I agree with your first sentence. However, your second is an ungrammatical mix of two sentences that say different things: if your point is your action, completed in the past, of sending, then "I sent the attachment" is OK but "already" doesn't fit; if your point is the present state of affairs that the attachment has been sent, then "I have already sent the attachment" is OK.
    – Rosie F
    Nov 8, 2019 at 8:29

Both are correct. There is no difference between the meaning of the two.

As a personal preference, I prefer:

the attachment has already been sent


the attachment has been already sent

Because 'already' is a modifier. Consider: the job has almost been completed as oppose to the job almost has been completed, or the flight has always been delayed as oppose to the flight always has been delayed.

You can also substitute 'has been' with 'was' if referring to a past tense.

the attachment was already sent


the attach already was sent

  • You could also say "the attachment has been sent already".
    – Urbycoz
    Jun 24, 2014 at 8:06
  • @Urbycoz You could also say "already the attachment has been sent", but doesn't sound as smooth.
    – Tucker
    Jun 24, 2014 at 13:48
  • 2
    In case you're wondering why you were downvoted (although I'm not the downvoter, so I don't know for sure), see this Ngram. While "has been already sent" might have been grammatical 100 years ago, it no longer is used; "has been already made" currently occurs at 1–2% of the frequency of "has already been made". Jun 24, 2014 at 14:05

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

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