already had finished / had already finished

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I know that past perfect 'already' normally goes between the auxiliary verb and the main verb, but can it be placed in front of the auxiliary verb, e.g. for emphasis?

When I arrived, the film had already finished.

When I arrived, the film already had finished.

I suppose only the first standard option is correct. Am I right?
  • dojibear

    Senior Member
    English - Northeast US
    That is my opinion: only the first is correct. The other sounds odd to me, and does not seem "more emphatic" to me.
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