I'm looking forward VS I look forward

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Hi all,

I want to end a letter to a friend of mine. Shall I say : I'm looking forward to seeing you or I look forward to seeing you.

thanks in advance
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Hello, Kingfisher,
I've been taught they mean the same thing. So you can use either (to me)
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I am looking forward to you] is more polite, means that you impatiently want to see him and wait for it all the time. This way you kinda enhance your respect to him (o_O...)
Just an opinion...
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Yes, might sound more personal.
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Generally, "ing" forms are more friendly because they are less formal. It's hard to say which is more "polite". I personally feel that friendly is more polite than formal.
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I think it should be "I look forward to seeing you." I was taught that it's got to be either "I look forward to seeing you" or "I am looking forward to see you." But, to be honest, I don't think people in the US make this distinction. Anyone know if "I am looking forward to seeing you" is grammatically correct?
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Since it's to a friend, I'd say "looking forward to". If it were part of a business letter, for example, to a person who was going to interview you soon, then I'd say "look forward to". In the given context, "look" is more business-like and aloof, "looking" is more 'between friends'.

In spite of that, either can be used in either situation!

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I am in the US, and I would never say "I am looking forward to see you." Either "I look forward" or "I am looking forward" is okay (I would agree that "I look forward" sounds a bit more formal) but no matter which you use in the beginnning of the sentence, the end should be "to seeing you." "I am looking forward to see you" just sounds wrong to me, and it sounds like the sort of mistake that only a non-native-speaker would make. (Native speakers make plenty of mistakes, but this is not one of them.)

(My daughter has just suggested that the only way you could use "to see you" in a sentence like this would be if you literally meant "I am looking in a forward direction IN ORDER TO see you" - parallel to "I am leaning forward to see you." )
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I'd also use either "I'm looking forward" or "I look forward", but with "to SEEING you" when writing a letter.
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