Monday, January 30

Do you know “LOOK FORWARD TO”?





First of all, “look forward to” is not the same as “look for.”



These two expressions are completely different.




As you know, “look for” means “to search.” For example,



1.       I am looking for a pair of jeans.


2.       We looked for an apartment.


3.       They should start looking for a job.



On the other hand, “look forward to” means to feel excited about something. For example,



1.       I am looking forward to my birthday/ Christmas


2.       We are looking forward to the concert.


3.       She always looks forward to breakfast.



As you can learn from our examples, “look forward to” is used this way:



Look forward to + Something


-          Or  -


Look forward to + Noun



This is why, contrary to popular belief, the following examples are wrong:



1.       I look forward to join you. X


2.       He is looking forward to come here. X


3.       Are you looking forward to see her? X






Why? Why are these examples wrong?



Well, because the word “To” inside “look forward to” is actually not an Infinitive. Instead, “To” is a Preposition in this case.



So, like I said, you have to use “look forward to” this way:



Look forward to + Noun



Or, with a Verb, you have to do it this way:



Look forward to + V+ing



The style “Look forward to + Base Verb” is simply wrong.






Finally, the correct way for the examples above are:



1.       I look forward to joining you. (=Ok)


2.       He is looking forward to coming here. (=Ok)


3.       Are you looking forward to seeing her? (=Ok)






I know that “look forward to + Base Verb” sounds natural and it’s very easy to use. That’s why many non-native speakers are tempted to use it this way. Especially at the moment of speaking.



But this is a common example of bad English.





So, the next time you have a job interview, you should say: “I look forward to working for this company.” And, if you have an online friend, you should say: “I look forward to meeting you in person.



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