Look forward to / be looking forward to

July 10, 2011

The structure ‘look forward to’ is used to talk about thinking about a future event with pleasure. You look forward to something that is certain to happen, and that you are glad about.

  • I am looking forward to our wedding anniversary.
  • She is looking forward to her birthday.
  • We are looking forward to our next meeting.
  • We are looking forward to meeting you.
  • I am looking forward to hearing from you.
  • I am looking forward to spending time with my kids.

Instead of be + looking forward, we can use look forward.

  • I look forward to your next visit. OR I am looking forward to your next visit.
  • We look forward to seeing you soon.

Grammar notes

Look forward can be followed by to…ing, but not by an infinitive.

  • I look forward to meeting you. (NOT I look forward to meet you.)

There is little difference between ‘I look forward’ and ‘I am looking forward to’.

  • I look forward to the day when children come home. OR I am looking forward to the day when children come home.

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