“Sorry to keep you waiting.”

English Lesson: Sorry to keep you waiting.

You're meeting your friend for lunch at a restaurant. You show up 5 minutes late. You say this to apologize to your friend for being late.

Sorry to keep you waiting.

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Sorry to (do something)

This is a way to apologize for a small mistake you made. When you make a larger mistake and want to apologize more strongly, you can say "I'm sorry for ___ing":

I'm sorry for making you wait so long.

But being 5 minutes late to a lunch appointment is not a big mistake, so saying "Sorry to keep you waiting" is a perfect way to apologize.

keep (someone) waiting

To "keep someone waiting" means to make them wait for a while. Use it like this:

They kept me waiting for over an hour. I was furious!

When you use "keep" in this way, it means to make something continue. So to "keep" a person waiting means that you've made them continue to wait. Another example is "keep (someone) guessing" which means that you do a lot of confusing things, so the person has to continue to guess what you're going to do next.