“Look for­ward to”

Spotlight - - LANGUAGE TEST -

An­swers B and C are cor­rect.

In the phrase “look for­ward to”, the “to” is not an in­fini­tive; it’s a prepo­si­tion (see “Verbs and ad­jec­tives with prepo­si­tions”, page 52). It can be fol­lowed by a noun or gerund: ⋅ ⋅

I’m look­ing for­ward to din­ner.

I’m look­ing for­ward to meet­ing you for din­ner.

Our tip: Use the present sim­ple “I look for­ward to...” to sound more for­mal. Use the present pro­gres­sive “I’m look­ing for­ward to...” to sound more re­laxed.

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