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I suppose both of the following sentences are correct. If they are, then what's the difference in meaning between them? If one of them isn't, then what's the reason for its incorrectness?

1: I look forward to meet you.

2: I look forward to meeting you.
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Hi,

I suppose both of the following sentences are correct. No, only #2 is correct.

If they are, then what's the difference in meaning between them? If one of them isn't, then what's the reason for its incorrectness?1: I look forward to meet you.2: I look forward to meeting you.

The structure is '. . . look forward to something', ie a noun or a noun equivalent, such as a gerund

eg I look forward to the conference.

eg I look forward to dancing.

eg I look forward to meeting you.

Clive
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Jackson66121: I look forward to meet you.

2: I look forward to meeting you.

#2 is correct.
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Yoong Liat
Jackson6612
1: I look forward to meet you.

2: I look forward to meeting you.

#2 is correct.

Hi Yoong Liat,

But what's the reason for your choice?
#2 is correct.

The verb in question, in the infinitive, is "to look forward (to)". The preposition "to" is obligatory and thus NOT part of the verb that follows it. If the verb that followed it stayed in its infinitive form, then the sentence would become awkward.

"I look forward to to meet you."

Thus, instead of "to meet", it's common to see the gerund "meeting" in its place when preceded by "look forward (to)".

"I look forward to meeting you."
"I look forward to seeing the movie."
"I look forward to quitting this job."
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Yoong Liat
Jackson6612
#2 is correct.

Hi Yoong Liat,

But what's the reason for your choice?

"I look forward to meeting you" is often seen at the end of letters.

Don't write: "I look forward to meet you."
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Jackson6612I suppose both of the following sentences are correct. If they are, then what's the difference in meaning between them? If one of them isn't, then what's the reason for its incorrectness?1: I look forward to meet you.2: I look forward to meeting you.
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The expression "look forward to" is as other expressions "in addition to","to be used to "...etc,all of them are followed by Verb ing.For example:

1-I'm looking forward to seeing you./I''m looking forward to the wedding

2-In addition to listening to music,I like reading novels./In addition to the noise in our neighbourhood,thers's too much pollution.

3-I'm used to getting up early./I'm used to the traffic.

As you notice in these sentences ,each expression can have a noun,so if you're confused whether "to" is infinitive or gerund(ing),you have only to try to write a noun if it works,it means that "to" isn't infinitive,that is verb that follows is with "ing".

Hope this may help you.
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#2 is correct

how about "i'll be looking forward to meet you?"? does this sounds correct?
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