look forward to and be looking forward to

 

the difference between look forward to and be looking forward to in English.

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’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.

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