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The difference between "I look forward " and "I'm looking forward"

Hi! Can you tell me the difference between "I look forward " and "I'm looking forward"

6 answers answer to the question The difference between "I look forward " and "I'm looking forward"

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bulilia updated 22 December
Not sure but tend to agree with those who consider 'I look forward to hearing from you' as a more formal expression with no trace of personal attitude.
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Man updated 25 January
Here is one more opinion: The word “to” in this phrase is slightly confusing because it is usually used to introduce a verb, as in “want to” or “have to”. Even though saying “I want to hear from you” is completely correct, “to look forward to” employs a different pattern: I look forward to [a thing you would like to happen] Obviously, “hear” is not a thing, so it wouldn’t make much sense to “look forward to hear from you”. The thing you are looking forward to is “hearing from you”: I look forward to hearing from you. (correct) I look forward to hear from you. (wrong) As for the question whether to use “I look forward to” or “I am looking forward to”, some people consider the two completely interchangeable, but most find the phrase with “look forward to” somewhat formal and best suited for formal correspondence, whereas “to be looking forward to” is more informal and friendly: I look forward to hearing from you. (correct in formal writing) I am looking forward to hearing from you. (correct in an informal context) This article was based on my guide to the most common mistakes in English, which explains many similar topics. Why don’t you check it out?
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Daniel updated 2 February
I like these answers: 1. I look forward to hearing from you. Both forms are grammatically correct, but the above is the more frequent and the most socially acceptable formal one. And it is also the default phraseology in Pitman's secretarial training. 2. The correct form is: "Looking forward to hearing from you." The reason is that "to" in this construction is a preposition, and since it is a preposition, it should be followed by an object. The object of a preposition can be either a noun, a pronoun, or a gerund (VERB+ing functioning as a noun). To test this explanation, you can try replacing "hearing" with some noun—for example, "Looking forward to the party" or "Looking forward to your reply." If we use "to hear" we are using an infinitive (to + VERB), and "to" is therefore part of the infinitive, like this: Looking forward {to hear} from you. However, our two example sentences with nouns shows us that "to" is a preposition, not part of an infinitive. We look forward to something. So, now that we know that "to" in the phrase "look forward to" is a preposition, we can conclude that the preposition "to" should be followed by the gerund "hearing"—or any other gerund (such as "meeting," or "doing," or "seeing")—but not by the form of the verb without "-ing."
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John updated 9 March
This one is a very old question that never loses it’s popularity, by the looks of it. There can be a lot of arguments that touch the subject only a small bit. But here’s the thing: both “I look forward to hearing from you” (Option 1) and “I’m looking forward to hearing from you”(Option 2) are completely correct. Let’s dive into it a bit deeper. It is very important to memorize that “to” in both options is not a part of infinitive phrase. It is a component of “looking forward to” phrasal verb what exists in English language along with hundreds of others. If you manage to get used to understanding it correctly, then no questions about grammar logic would appear. Now the main part: Option 1 should be used while writing a formal (business) letter, with all its officiality. Option 2 is correct, but would only work for informal letter (let’s say to a penfriend). These simple rules are very easy to follow and don’t require any mythical “advancement”. Therefore I would most definitely disagree with the author of the provided quotation.
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kyi updated 4 August
I'm learning to your side.
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Hal Jewett updated 17 August
I would presonally suggest using "I look forward to your reply" or "I am looking forward to hearing from you." I believe they are better suited alternatives and are more applicable for these kinds of situations. The part about "good news" also implies that any other kind of news should be left out.
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