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I, sometimes, receive mails from few suppliers to my company which include the below sentence in the mail body.

Attached please find the xxx analysis.

Is this a correct sentence? If wrong, what will be the appropriate sentence?

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  • We can tell that "attached" does not modify "document" by comparing it with, say, "In the garage please find the tools". I don't think you'd be tempted to say that the noun phrase is "in the garage tools"; that would be quite wrong. The preposition phrase "in the garage" is just like "attached", i.e.an adjunct of place that tells you where you will find the tools.
    – BillJ
    Oct 27, 2019 at 9:12
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    Attached in that sentence is not a verb; it's an adjective. Oct 27, 2019 at 13:55

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It's correct. The adjective (Attached) is placed far away from the noun that it modifies (analysis).* One could also word it like this (with or without the comma):

Please find the xxx analysis, attached.

This means the same as "Please find the xxx analysis, which is attached."

Putting the word attached first is conventional for indicating an attachment in a letter. "Attached please find" (with no comma) is a set phrase in this context.

* You could also understand "attached" as a name for where to find the attachment, i.e. as a modifier for "find", analogous to adverbs like "here". It doesn't make any difference because the meaning is the same.

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The word attached is a past participle of the verb attach. One way of using a past participle is to make a participial clause:

Shouted at loudly, Peter walked home.
Peter walked home, shouted at loudly.

As you can see, the participial phrase can be placed at the beginning or end of the sentence, separated by a comma. You could therefore say:

Attached, please find the xxx analysis
Please find the xxx analysis, attached.

It is, however, more common in this case the treat find attached as a phrasal verb: to use it in this way, you would write

Please find attached the xxx analysis.
Please find the xxx analysis attached.

The first version is preferred if the description is quite long.

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  • therefore, a comma is need after the word ''attached''? Oct 27, 2019 at 5:46
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Attached please find the xxx analysis.

It’s not wrong.

"Attached" is a preposed element. It doesn't modify "xxx analysis", but is integrated into the structure of the clause containing it, where it functions as an adjunct – an adjunct of place – for it tells you where you will find "the xxx analysis".

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