To be long

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aridra

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India
Hi everyone,

A non-English speaking friend, in apologizing for taking a long time to reply to my email, started his email by

'Sorry to be so long, but.....'

My first instinct is to correct the sentence to 'Sorry to take so long (in replying to your email), but....' . However I hesitate because I do often say 'I won't be long' or things to that effect to indicate a time-lapse. In this context, is it acceptable to say 'Sorry to be so long' ?

Thanks in advance.
 
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