Please find attached the file

Ashley Qin

Senior Member
Chinese
I always see "Please find attached the file." in the email. But I am confused why "attached" is put after "find". What is the grammar in this sentence? If I say "find the attached file / find the file attached", are they grammarly correct?
 
  • lingobingo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    The style is a relic from the conventions of formal business correspondence in the days before computers, in which you would say things like “please find enclosed [the aforementioned documents]”.
     
    I always see "Please find attached the file." in the email. But I am confused why "attached" is put after "find". What is the grammar in this sentence? If I say "find the attached file/find the file attached", are they grammatically correct?
    Yes, they are, and there's no difference in meaning.

    If you send attachments yourself in emails, I suggest you eschew such archaisms and write 'I have attached the file'.

    (Note that Grammarly is an English teaching website but not a standard English adverb.)
     
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