Learn English Vocabulary – Look Forward To vs. Looking Forward To

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What is the difference between LOOK FORWARD TO and LOOKING FORWARD TO?

Today, I want to show you the difference between look forward to and be looking forward to in English. Check out these sentences.

I love the weekends. I think most people do too. I always look forward to the weekend because I can take a break from work and relax a bit. I’ve got some special plans for next weekend. I’m going to meet some old friends from high school. I am looking forward to seeing them.

As you know, to talk about our joyful anticipation of an upcoming event, we use look forward to + noun  or look forward to + gerund (VerbING), like this:

  • I always look forward to the weekend.
  • I’m looking forward to the party.
  • We look forward to taking our English class.
  • Jane said she is looking forward to going to Paris next week.

So, when do we use the present tense form (look forward to) and when do we use the progressive form (be looking forward to)? The answer is clear. When the event is a usual, regular, or habitual occurrence, we generally use the present tense form (look forward to). However when the event is not a usual, regular,  or habitual occurrence, we generally use the progressive form (be looking forward to):

  • I always look forward to the weekend. The weekend comes all the time.
  • We look forward to taking our English class. We regularly have class.
  • I’m looking forward to the party. The party is a one time event.
  • Jane said she is looking forward to going to Paris next week. Jane’s trip is a vacation, and not a usual trip.

Keep in mind the best way to remember this or any vocabulary in English is to take the word or phrase write it in a sentence that’s true for you or true in your world and then memorize your sentences.

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