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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?

pls reply me soon.

thanks.
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.
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.
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.
I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO MEETING YOU.

See post 'To' + 'ing'.

CJ
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