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    Question Preposition + -ing.

    We're really looking forward _____ dinner with you tomorrow.

    A. having
    B. to have
    C. to having

    I thought it would be A. having since -ing is often followed by preposition despite a bit weird sound. However, the answer is C. to having, which sounds weirder.

    This confused me, I thought all the verb following 'to' must be infinitive. Can someone explain why answer is C? Is there any other place this kind exception, to + -ing, would occur?

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    Re: Preposition + -ing.

    I look // I am looking forward to Xing.

    I look forward to working with you.
    I look forward to seeing you.
    I'm looking forward to working with you.
    I'm looking forward to working with you.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Preposition + -ing.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kaito-Hacker View Post
    We're really looking forward _____ dinner with you tomorrow.

    A. having
    B. to have
    C. to having

    I thought it would be A. having since -ing is often followed by preposition despite a bit weird sound. However, the answer is C. to having, which sounds weirder.

    This confused me, I thought all the verb following 'to' must be infinitive. Can someone explain why answer is C? Is there any other place this kind exception, to + -ing, would occur?
    "To look forward to" is a phrasal verb which just happens to end with 'to'.
    "Having" is a gerund here, so it is not a verb for the purposes of the rule that you mention.
    I (subject) like (verb) having dinner (object).
    I (subject) look forward to (verb) having dinner (object).

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