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    Whether a Gerund or an Infinitive.

    "We look forward to meeting with you ..." - In this construction is "meeting" a Gerund or an Infinitive. If gerund then why it follows "to" and if not then why not "to meet". Kindly answer.

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    S. Ghatak
    Kolkata, India

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    Re: Whether a Gerund or an Infinitive.

    "We look forward to meeting with you ..."

    You can usually tell if a verb is functioning as a gerund by substituting other nouns to see if the sentence continues to make sense. So ...

    "We look forward to it" - sounds okay to me!

    So "meeting with you" is functioning as a gerund phrase.

    Perhaps, it might help you if you consider the word 'to' to belong to the verbal phrase 'to look forward to' rather than the verb 'to meet'.

    Iain

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    If you have two prepositions in a phrasal verb, and 'to' is the last, then we use a gerund.

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    A suggestion. Say: "Why does it follow "to"?

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    Re: Whether a Gerund or an Infinitive.

    To as preposition will take gerund, while to as infinitive will take verb.
    E.g:

    I look forward to hearing from you. (to preposition)

    I am going to cut my hair today. (to infinitive)


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    Re: Whether a Gerund or an Infinitive.

    Hi Norlina,
    You may have made a mistake:
    I am going to have my hair cut today - is better, unless you are really going to do it yourself.

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