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WordReference Collins English Usage © 2020
look forward to
used with a noun
If you are looking forward to something that you are going to experience, you are pleased or excited about it.
I'm really looking forward to his visit.
Is there any particular thing you are looking forward to next year?
Be careful
Don't use this expression without to. Don't say, for example, ‘I’m really looking forward his visit'. Also don't say that someone ‘is looking forwards to’ something.
used with an -ing form
You can use an -ing form after look forward to.
I was so much looking forward to talking to you.
I look forward to seeing you in Washington.
Be careful
Don't use an infinitive after look forward to. Don't say, for example, ‘He’s looking forward to go home'.
There is a difference between ‘I look forward to...’ and ‘I’m looking forward to...'. In formal English, people use ‘I look forward to...’ and in less formal English, people usually use ‘I’m looking forward to...'
I look forward to receiving your report this afternoon.
I'm really looking forward to seeing you, Carol.
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