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wowenglish1

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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.
 

mykwyner

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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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