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    #1

    Post -ing form after "looking forward to"

    I read some where that after "looking forward to" -ing form is usually used by native speakers. Is it right?

    I am curious, which of the following sentence will be correct:

    "I am looking forward to work with you."

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    "I am looking forward to working with you."

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    #2

    Re: -ing form after "looking forward to"

    The second one.

    (Say: "Which of the following sentences is correct?")

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    Post Re: -ing form after "looking forward to"

    I also want to know if people mostly use -ing form after "looking forward to". And if any exceptions to this rule exists.

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    #4

    Re: -ing form after "looking forward to"

    The 'to' in that sentence is a preposition, not part of a to- infinitive. Like other prepositions, it is followed by a noun, preposition or gerund.

    I look forward to it/your visit/seeing you.
    I depend on it/your advice/your being there.
    I can cope with it/tragedy/being alone
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    #5

    Re: -ing form after "looking forward to"

    Quote Originally Posted by Jamshaid_ View Post
    I read some where that after "looking forward to" -ing form is usually used by native speakers. Is it right?
    Not just "usually". I'd say "pretty close to always". The form is "look forward to + NOUN".

    I have never heard a native speaker not use -ing in this structure.
    Translator, editor and TESOL certificate holder, but not a teacher. Native speaker of American English (West Coast)

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    #6

    Re: -ing form after "looking forward to"

    Quote Originally Posted by bubbha View Post
    Not just "usually". I'd say "pretty close to always". The form is "look forward to + NOUN".

    I have never heard a native speaker not use -ing in this structure.
    I'm looking forward to your explanation.
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