Learn English – “be kept waiting” vs “be made to wait”

vocabulary

  • We were kept waiting for two hours.
  • We were made to wait for two hours.

Are both equally correct and common?

Best Answer

Both are acceptable ways to phrase this unacceptable situation. However, according to Google Ngrams kept waiting is far more common (about 6x in 2000, around 10x 100 years ago).