In this blog we will explain the use of look forward to and how to use it for your writings.
Look forward to something means to think about (something in the future) with pleasure. One looks forward to something that is certain to happen, and that one is glad about. The ‘to’ in look forward to is a preposition, so we must follow it by a noun phrase or a verb in the -ing form, for instance:
- I’m looking forward to the opportunity to speak to you. (look forward to + noun)
- I’m looking forward to meeting you next week. (look forward + gerund)
X Not: … looking forward to hear from you.
If the second verb has a different subject, we use the object form of the pronoun, not the subject form:
- We’re looking forward to her giving birth soon.
- X Not: We’re looking forward to she giving birth soon.
Difference between look forward to and looking forward to
Look forward to is more formal than looking forward to and we can use it more in Business English, for example at the end of formal letters and e-mails, the closing statements of cover letters for job applications, etc.. We use the present simple form of look forward to in this kind of writing.
- We look forward to working with you on the project.
- We look forward to hearing from you.
Looking forward is less formal. We would rarely say to a friend on the phone ‘I look forward to visiting you next week.’ We would say:
I´m looking forward to visiting you next week.
If you want to learn more about Phrasal verbs take a look at this blog where we teach you 15 phrasal verbs of 3 words.
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