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    look forward to seeing you and having a fun time

    I don't know if the following sentence is correct in its grammar:

    ---- I look forward to seeing you and having a fun time.

    Due to using 'and', I am thinking is it correct that the first verb is in simple present, 'look' and the second it in continuous form, 'having'. I always thought that when I use 'and' to join sentences, both verbs must be in the same form.

    I think I'm missing out on something or I don't understand it accurately.

    Thank you for teaching me.

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    Re: look forward to seeing you and having a fun time

    If you are asking whether the gerunds 'seeing' and 'having' are correct, I think they are. They are not in the continuous form.
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    Re: look forward to seeing you and having a fun time

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    If you are asking whether the gerunds 'seeing' and 'having' are correct.
    Oh, I didn't even realise the 'seeing' and 'having' are gerunds!

    Thank you!

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    Re: look forward to seeing you and having a fun time

    If I were to change it to:

    I look forward to the competition and having fun with you.

    'look' is the verb; is it correct to use 'having' after 'and'?

    Thank you!

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    Re: look forward to seeing you and having a fun time

    Both 'competition' and 'having' are the objects of 'to', so I think the 'ing' form is correct.
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    Re: look forward to seeing you and having a fun time

    Quote Originally Posted by Oceanlike View Post
    I don't know if the following sentence is correct in its grammar:

    ---- I look forward to seeing you and having a fun time.
    The "looking forward to" is happening at the moment you are speaking. Perhaps:

    I am looking forward to seeing you and having a good time.

    Or:

    I am looking forward to seeing you and having fun.

    It's one subject (I), one verb (am looking forward to), and two participial phrases/gerunds/whatever.
    Last edited by Tarheel; 24-Oct-2017 at 11:30. Reason: Fix typo/spelling

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    Re: look forward to seeing you and having a fun time

    I found that the simple present form can be used in the following case:

    'We also use look forward to at the end of formal letters and formal emails to say that we hope to hear from someone or expect that something will happen.'—quoted from https://dictionary.cambridge.org/gra...ook-forward-to
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    Re: look forward to seeing you and having a fun time

    Quote Originally Posted by Oceanlike View Post
    If I were to change it to:

    I look forward to the competition and having fun with you.
    Perhaps:

    I am looking forward to competing in the [name of competition] and having fun with you.

    Here is another example:

    I am looking forward to seeing you again and, of course, eating at Shoney's.

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