I just want to know that I am using this pattern correctly or not.

I normally say "This amount has been paid by a check".

Is the use of "has been paid" correct here?

  • Use the simple past when referring to specific dates in the past. Carrier received the claim on 6.20.2018 and processed it on 6.21.2018. Aetna has paid $600 by check. Aug 8, 2018 at 23:29
  • It sounds more natural to this US English speaker to say "with a check". "By a check" makes it sound like the check was doing the act of paying. I would normally say something like "The bill was paid by Mr. Ngozi with a check."
    – stangdon
    Aug 9, 2018 at 15:36
  • That is what I was looking for. I always had a weird feeling about that. What if I say it like this? "Insurance has allowed $100.00 and that has been transferred to patient's deductible." is this correct? Aug 9, 2018 at 19:24

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Yes. You can use "has been paid" to indicate that "now you have the money".

  • OK. The complete comment I type is "Carrier has received the claim on 06.20.2018 and processed on 06.21.2018. Aetna has paid $600.00 by a check." Is this grammatically correct? Aug 8, 2018 at 22:28
  • If you have a new question please ask it, this "complete" comment does not contain a "has been done" structure.
    – James K
    Aug 8, 2018 at 22:31
  • Sorry! I cannot change the comment. Also, I was at the office. Complete comment is like this, "The claim was received on 06.20.2018 and processed on 06.21.2018. Aetna has allowed $600.00 and that has been paid by a check." I am not really sure that this comment is correct. Aug 9, 2018 at 0:01

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