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    #1

    Unhappy look forward

    I look forward to seeing you? OR I am looking forward to see you?

    I heaed people saying like this, which is correct? both?


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    Re: look forward

    Quote Originally Posted by mahesh877 View Post
    I look forward to seeing you? OR I am looking forward to see you?

    I heard people saying like this, which is correct? both?
    Both are correct. (remove the question mark and use a period)

    I would use I look forward to seeing you. when the time to see them is not too far in the future. We have made a firm date to see each other soon.

    I would use I am looking forward to seeing you. when the time to see them is farther into the future and no firm time has been set to see each other...we intend to see each other...hopefully it will happen.

    However...this is just a personal preference. There is very little difference between the two sentences.


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    #3

    Re: look forward

    is this okay if we use ****ing after to, in these sentences?


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    #4

    Re: look forward

    Quote Originally Posted by mahesh877 View Post
    is this okay if we use ****ing after to, in these sentences?
    Why type "***ing" ??

    This is an English forum so frame your questions properly. I am not going to guess at what you mean.

    Do you mean "***ing after to"?
    Do you mean "***ing" after "to"?

    Do you mean "seeing"??? If so write the word out. "***" means nothing to me but might be critical to my answer.

    I am not a mind reader.


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    #5

    Smile Re: look forward

    Sorry about that. I meant see-ing or meeting. Once we use "to" we have to say see, meet etc.

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    #6

    Re: look forward

    Quote Originally Posted by mahesh877 View Post
    Sorry about that. I meant see-ing or meeting. Once we use "to" we have to say see, meet etc.
    You would be right if ‘to’ is a marker of an infinitive. In this example ‘to’ is a preposition and what follows the preposition should be a noun or noun phrase: I look/am looking forward to seeing/meeting (*see/*meet) you.


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    #7

    Re: look forward

    Quote Originally Posted by mahesh877 View Post
    Sorry about that. I meant see-ing or meeting. Once we use "to" we have to say see, meet etc.
    Seeing and meeting are not verbs in this sentence. They are gerunds which are present participle phrases that act as nouns.

    As you already see I said the use of "seeing" and "meeting" are acceptable for use in these sentences. "To" is not being used as the start of an infinitive. It is the start of a prepositional phrase. "Seeing" and "meeting" as mentioned are the beginning of gerund phrases which are nouns acting as objects of the preposition "to".

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