I frequently get the emails from my UK/US client and find myself unavailable to respond right away. When I reply in next day I want to express my apologies for same in the email response. Could somebody provide me best phrase / English sentence for this.
A couple common sentences used in business emails for this situation are:
- I apologize for any delay in my response.
- I apologize for the delay in replying.
You can give a brief reason for your unavailability, but most often the reason is not given. In your business email it would come after the salutation line and immediately before the body of your message. For example:
Dear Mr. George,
I apologize for any delay in my response. Yesterday you asked about ...
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In certain situations, the difference in timezones is unavoidable, so naturally, you will not be able to respond immediately. Responding the next day to an email sent the previous day is perfectly acceptable, and does not usually warrant an apology. If you still feel like you should apologize, you can use something like these:
Sorry for not replying sooner. I would like to clarify ...
Please excuse my late response, but I would like to clarify ...
Your perspective is unique because you are dealing with clients rather than colleagues. A constant apology for each email written the next day may begin to annoy your clients. To avoid this situation, I would only apologize if they mention the time issue, or if you are responding very late to an email (e.x. if it got buried in your inbox for a week).