Tại sao sau 'look forward to' lại là v

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My answer was "to start", because I knew the structure of "looking forward to" & because of the presence of "to", I used the infinitive.

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But the answer was "to starting". Why "V-ing" is used in this case? Is there a rule for “to + v-ing”?


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Cambridge Dictionary gives the following explanation:

Look forward lớn something means khổng lồ be pleased or excited that it is going to lớn happen. The ‘to’ in look forward to lớn is a preposition, so we must follow it by a noun phrase or a verb in the -ing form:

I’m looking forward to the holidays.

A: Are you excited about your trip khổng lồ South America?

B: Yes, I’m looking forward lớn it.

We’re looking forward to going khổng lồ Switzerland next month.

Not: … looking forward khổng lồ go khổng lồ Switzerland …

If the second verb has a different subject, we use the object khung of the pronoun, not the subject form:

We’re looking forward to him arriving next week.

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Not: We’re looking forward khổng lồ he arriving next week.

We also use look forward lớn at the kết thúc of formal letters và formal emails to say that we hope to hear from someone or expect that something will happen. We use the present simple form:

I look forward to lớn your reply.

We look forward khổng lồ receiving payment for the services detailed above.


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We look forward to something, so you need khổng lồ use the form of the verb which can also be understood as a noun, starting.


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Can you please support your answer with some reference .
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Aug 21, 2018 at 16:45
Tᴚoɯɐuo The first test is valid because prototypical verbs, unlike nouns, take adverbs as modifiers. The second demo doesn't work because a gerund-participial clause can function as complement of a preposition. In your third proposed test, their can function as subject of the gerund-participial clause, which (just like your previous test) doesn't prove that the word at issue is a noun.
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