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    #1

    late/delayed/prolonged reply

    Hi,

    Background:
    My friend sent me a letter.
    She expected that I would reply to her letter (ie, by sending another letter) last week.
    However, I sent her my letter this week.


    Question:
    Should I use "late, delayed, or prolonged"?


    Sentence:
    Sorry for the late/delayed/prolonged reply.


    Thanks

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    Re: late/delayed/prolonged reply

    I would suggest "late."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #3

    Re: late/delayed/prolonged reply

    Barb answered.

    Some examples regarding delayed and prolonged:
    John's plane was delayed by an hour
    John has just prolonged his vacation

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