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    I would like to know the difference between "1" and "2".
    1. I'm sorry I kept you waiting.
    2. I'm sorry I have kept you waiting.

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    Re: keep

    You would use sentence 1 (the simple past) if the waiting ended some time ago.

    I'm sorry I kept you waiting yesterday. I'll be more prompt today.

    You would use sentence 2 (the past perfect) if the waiting is relevant to the immediate present.

    I'm sorry I have kept you waiting. I'm ready now.
    I'm sorry I have kept you waiting. I'll be ready in five minutes.

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