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  1. Newbie
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    Question Look to + ing

    Hello,
    It seems we can write :
    "The company is LOOKING TO increase its sales in Asia."
    whereas we have to write :
    "I am LOOKING forward TO seeing you soon"
    So why don't we say : "is looking to increasing" ?

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    #2

    Re: Look to + ing

    Both are ok, but looking to increasing is cacophonous.

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    #3

    Re: Look to + ing

    Quote Originally Posted by kaervas View Post
    Hello,
    It seems we can write :
    "The company is LOOKING TO increase its sales in Asia."
    whereas we have to write :
    "I am LOOKING forward TO seeing you soon"
    So why don't we say : "is looking to increasing" ?
    Looking forward to -- this means you are eagerly waiting for something to pleasant to happen.

    Looking to -- this means you have it as your goal or objective.

    They are used differently, as you can see. We look forward to X-ing, but we look to bare-infinitive.

    They are looking to grow their market there, looking to increase sales, looking to do, looking to buy.

    I look forward to seeing you, to going to Texas, to going to the ball.

    I would disagree that "they are looking to increasing their sales" is acceptable.

  4. Newbie
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    Re: Look to + ing

    Thanks for your answers.

    'Look forward to' is based on 'look to', right? So why do we have to add 'ing' to the following verb in the first case and why cannot we add 'ing' when there is no 'forward' in between?

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    #5

    Re: Look to + ing

    Not really, looking to is like seeking to, whereas looking forward to is purely emotional.

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