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    Sorry to keep you waiting so long

    --Sorry to keep you waiting so long.
    --That's all right.

    This dialogue is taken from Cambridge Grammar In Use. My question is:
    When does the dialogue take place? Is it when the first speaker has kept the other party waiting for a long time? Then why doesn't he say 'Sorry to have kept you waiting so long?'

    Could I ask native speakers to help me please? Thank you in advance.
    Last edited by joham; 01-Oct-2009 at 10:34. Reason: a spelling mistake.

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    Re: Sorry to keep you waiting so long

    --Sorry to keep you waiting so long.
    --That's all right.

    I suppose this should be understood to mean that person 2 is still waiting. Maybe you've rung a company and they've put you on call. Every now and then someone may come on the line to say 'sorry to keep you waiting', just to show that they're still there and they are trying to help, but your query hasn't been answered yet.

    Or maybe you've been waiting in a doctor's surgery and the receptionist says 'sorry to keep you waiting', but you are still sitting there waiting to see the doctor.

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