Letter: How to apologize for late reply

Discussion in 'English Only' started by alarubia, Jul 6, 2007.

  1. alarubia New Member

    Hungary and Hungarian
    Dear All,

    I am new to the forum, and I would like to ask for your help.

    Which is the most accurate way to apologize for being late in a letter?

    "Sorry for being late in answering you"


    "Sorry for my late reply"

    or any other suggestion?

    Thank you,

  2. aplomb Member

    India, Hindi,English
    Both seem correct to me.
  3. femmefee

    femmefee Senior Member

    Welcome to the forum!:)
    You may say:
    Sorry for not replying sooner or Sorry for the delay in replying your letter, or Sorry for the long silence.

    Good luck!
  4. expenseroso Senior Member

    North Carolina
    United States, English
    "Sorry for my late reply" sounds more natural, although both are OK.
  5. Harry Batt

    Harry Batt Senior Member

    USA English
    I always use "tardy." It is a word that will bring the reader back to his youthful school days. During that time the word for being late to school was "tardy." Anyone who was tardy hoped to be excused. My line is "Please excuse my tardy reply to your letter." I agree with Aplomb that your choices are correct. Tardy is also useful.
  6. cycloneviv

    cycloneviv Senior Member

    Perth, Western Australia
    English - Australia
    I've also used: "Sorry I've taken so long to reply!"
  7. alarubia New Member

    Hungary and Hungarian
    Thanks a lot!

  8. hoabongbut New Member

    English- Vietnamese
    sorry for my belated reply. This is the way I often use
  9. Scribblerr

    Scribblerr Senior Member

    Los Angeles
    English US
    I've always said "Please forgive me for taking so long to reply," << Response to deleted posts. >>
    Last edited by a moderator: Aug 29, 2012
  10. Thomas Tompion Senior Member

    Southwest France
    English - England
    It makes a lot of difference who you are writing to, and how often you are late in replying to them.
  11. remu New Member

    As a verbivore, I always enjoyed "Sorry for my dilatory reply" or "Please forgive the dilatory nature of my reply"
  12. sumon_iird New Member

    How about "I am sorry for this late response"? Is this also a correct sentence?

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