Confusing words: Look Forward(s) and Look Forward To

If you look forward / forwards it simply means you are looking ahead.

For example:-

If you look forward you will see St Paul’s Cathedral.

Look forward to is a phrasal verb.

When you look forward to something, you feel happy and excited about something that is going to happen.

For example:-

I always look forward to seeing my family and friends when I travel to England.

Correct: I’m looking forward to meeting you.

The verb is–> ‘to look forward to’ = ‘to anticipate’ (transitive = requires a direct object).

So, the direct object should be the gerund (noun) form of the verb ‘to meet’, i.e. meeting.

In contrast: “I’m waiting to meet you”.

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