Please advise:

Should I use "Attached file includes" or "The attached file includes?"

Thank you,


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    Dropping the article is fine in abbreviated styles, but not in formal writing. Jun 25, 2020 at 13:11

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As Edwin notes in his comment, it is common to drop the article in emails. How common? To answer that, we'd need access to a large number of emails in an easily searchable format. The Enron Corpus gives us just such a dataset. There are 5,413 references to "attached file," only 797 of which refer to "the attached file."

  • But for context, reading a sentence 'Attached file includes the spreadsheet of...' sounds a little off and 'the' would sound much more natural in informal or formal situations.
    – Mitch
    Jun 25, 2020 at 14:38

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