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    "Looking forward to next year" at the beginning of a sentence

    Looking forward to next year, we expect more changes due to market consolidation.

    Could anyone paraphrase "Looking forward to next year" for me?
    Is it like "As we look forward to next year"?

    [A reply from NATIVE SPEAKERS would be appreciated. ]

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    Re: "Looking forward to next year" at the beginning of a sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by pink dragon View Post
    Looking forward to next year, we expect more changes due to market consolidation.

    Could anyone paraphrase "Looking forward to next year" for me?
    Is it like "As we look forward to next year"?

    [A reply from NATIVE SPEAKERS would be appreciated. ]
    You are very impatient to see all those changes next year.


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    Re: "Looking forward to next year" at the beginning of a sentence

    It indicates that you are considering the future possibilities - looking into the future.


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    Re: "Looking forward to next year" at the beginning of a sentence

    Thank you Harry Smith and Anglika,

    This is a participial construction, isn't it?
    Participial constructions can mean several meanings such as a reason, time, condition, attendant circumstances, and compromise.

    Q1: I would like to know which of them the above sentence means.

    Q2: Could anybody show what it would be like when the above sentence is rewritten like this:
    e.g. 1 Seeing the police officer, he ran away.
    (= As soon as he saw the police officer, he ran away.)

    e.g. 2 Having much to do, she felt depressed.
    (= Because she had much to do, she felt depressed.)

    [A reply from ENGLISH NATIVE SPEAKERS would be appreciated.]


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    Re: "Looking forward to next year" at the beginning of a sentence

    Thank you, Niall Beag!

    NowI understand very well.
    I really appreciate it.

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