A friend sent me a good morning text.I saw the message in the afternoon and replied then as good afternoon.She did not text me back.How to tell her in the next day that I did not purposely delay replying to her. I just did not see her message at that time

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Use the simple and continuous past tenses

Sorry! I didn't see your message yesterday morning until later that day. I wasn't avoiding replying.

Reason: your not seeing the message happened, once and completely, in the past (simple).

You then refer to the period of time between when the message arrived and when you finally did send a reply. During that time, you were (not) continually avoiding replying.

Lastly, "replying" is a gerund and therefore uses -ing.

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