[Grammar] look forward to seeing you and having a fun time

Oceanlike

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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. :-D
 

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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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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'?

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Both 'competition' and 'having' are the objects of 'to', so I think the 'ing' form is correct.
 

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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.
 
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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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