First of all, let me apologize that my response is coming just up to now.

I would like to ask a native speaker whether the sentence makes sense, especially the bolded part. I would like to express that my reaction is coming too late and that the addressee had to wait.

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    "just up to now" is hard to understand. A native speaker might say "...that my response didn't come until now" or "...that I didn't respond until now". Also, "apologize that" is unusual, so a native would say "let me apologize for not responding until now." – Anonymous Apr 29 '19 at 20:09
  • Much better phrases are my response is coming (just) now or my response is coming up (just) now. The use of to is wrong, and coming just up is also very strange. – Jason Bassford Apr 30 '19 at 2:15

Your construction is not idiomatic English although people might understand what you mean.

It would be better to phrase your apology in terms such as these.

First of all, let me apologize for my late/belated/overdue response.
First of all, please allow me to apologize for my .......
First of all, may I apologize for my ......

  • which of late/belated/overdue is the least formal here? (thank you) – Andrew Tobilko Apr 29 '19 at 23:01
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    Late is the least formal although there is little to choose between them. – Ronald Sole Apr 30 '19 at 13:44

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