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    #1

    "to seeing"?

    Hi there,

    There's this question that's been bugging me for some time now. Which of these is/are correct? The main reason is the "to-infinitive" rule.

    I look forward to seeing you.
    I look forward to see you.
    I look forward to my seeing you. (seems weird)

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    #2

    Re: "to seeing"?

    I look forward to seeing you .
    ( I never saw "I look forward to my seeing you ", so I don't know whether it is right or not. )




    Ok,I will give you two explanations.

    1 ) English explanation:

    Look forward to is one of the many phrasal verbs in English in which an adverbial particle ( forward ) as well as a preposition ( to ) is combined with the stem verb to signify a particular meaning. What we are looking forward to can be exemplified as either as a noun phrase or as a verb-phrase with an -ing pattern

    2 ) explanation from a Chines dictionary,《 A DICTIONARY OF CURRENT IDIOMATIC ENGLISH 》


    expect with hope or pleasure:
    I'm looking forward to seeing you again soon.
    My son is looking forward with eagerness to your visit
    Last edited by dodonaomik; 26-Jul-2008 at 03:04.


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    #3

    Re: "to seeing"?

    I look forward to seeing you.

    The expression is, 'look forward to (something)'
    Here,'to' is a preposition which takes a noun; and 'seeing' is the verbal noun/gerund derived from the basic verb 'see'.

    It is AS IF you are saying, "I look forward to the (next) seeing of you."
    Last edited by David L.; 26-Jul-2008 at 04:37.

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