[Grammar] look forward

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LiuJing

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I know we can say 'look forward to something' and here 'look forward ' has an abstract connotation.

However, physically, can we 'look forward' , which means 'look ahead'?

How about the sentence below:
I looked forward and found Kitty was smiling at me.

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I know we can say 'look forward to something' and here 'look forward ' has an abstract connotation.

However, physically, can we 'look forward' , which means 'look ahead'?

How about the sentence below:
I looked forward and found Kitty was smiling at me.

Thank you.

===Not a teacher===

Sounds okay to me!

(or)

I turned around and found Kitty smiling at me!

:up:
 

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===Not a teacher===

Sounds okay to me!

(or)

I turned around and found Kitty smiling at me!

:up:

Do you mean 'look forward' is 'turn around and look'?:crazyeye:
 

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I know we can say 'look forward to something' and here 'look forward ' has an abstract connotation.

However, physically, can we 'look forward' , which means 'look ahead'?

How about the sentence below:
I looked forward and found Kitty was smiling at me.

Thank you.

"Look forward to something" means that I am expecting it to happen and I am happy about it and am eagerly awaiting it.

"I looked forward" by itself simply means that you look in the direction you are already facing. I suppose you might also say "I look forward to the tree standing in front of the church," but this seems somewhat awkward and potentially confusing. We would normally do what you have done and use "and" after "I looked forward," e.g.
I looked forward and found Kitty was smiling at me.

However, I personally would either say,
I looked forward and found Kitty [STRIKE]was [/STRIKE]smiling at me. OR
I looked forward and found that Kitty was smiling at me.

I hope you find this useful.
 
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