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    #1

    sorry to keep / to have kept you waiting

    If I am talking on the phone and then ask the caller to hold the line as I have to attend to something urgent, which is the correct apology when I get back to him/her on the phone?

    1. I am sorry to keep you waiting.

    2. I am sorry to have kept you waiting.

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    #2

    Re: sorry to keep / to have kept you waiting

    You will hear both from native speakers.

    2 is more grammatical, but who cares? It's the apology that matters.

    Rover

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