I am looking forward to (meet / meeting)? you?

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pls tell me which is correct sentence

IAM LOOKING FORWARD TO MEET YOU

OR

IAM LOOKING FORWARD TO MEETING YOU.

& why please?

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thanks.
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Correct: I'm looking forward to meeting you.

The verb is--> 'to look forward to' = 'to anticipate' (transitive = requires a direct object).

So, the direct object should be the gerund (noun) form of the verb 'to meet', i.e. meeting.

In contrast: "I'm waiting to meet you".

PS: I hope that all my grammar jargon is correct.
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The actual problem in this case is, that "to" is a preposition here and NOT part of the infinitive! Therefore the Gerund is required.

After verb+preposition, only the Gerund can be used:
I'm fond of doing sports. I'm looking forward to seeing you.

After some verbs, there's only the infinitive with to that can be used:
I wanted to see you.
-> Here, "to" is part of the infinitive and no preposition.
("I wanted seeing you" is not possible.)

And after a few verbs, either a preposition or an infinitive is possible;
In some cases, the meaning doesn't change, while in others it does change:
a) I started to walk -or- I started walking. (same meaning)
b) I stopped to smoke cigarettes -/- I stopped smoking cigarettes. (different meaning)
-> There is already another thread about this change in meaning.
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Hi,

pls tell me which is correct sentence

IAM LOOKING FORWARD TO MEET YOU

OR

IAM LOOKING FORWARD TO MEETING YOU.

Only #2 is correct. The phrasal verb 'look forward to' must be followed by a noun or, as in this case, a gerund, which is a noun equivalent.


Best wishes, Clive
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Could the following sentences be used in a formal letter? Would the two of them be right? If so, when would you use number 1 and when number 2?

1. I look forward to meeting you.
2. I am looking forward to meeting you.
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Sheerinshaikhpls tell me which is correct sentence

IAM LOOKING FORWARD TO MEET YOU

OR

IAM LOOKING FORWARD TO MEETING YOU.

& why please?

pls reply me soon.

thanks.
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I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO MEETING YOU.

See post 'To' + 'ing'.

CJ
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