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View Poll Results: Which "look forward" expression is right?
I look forward to meeting you 51 85.00%
I look forward to meet you 1 1.67%
I am looking forward to meeting you 32 53.33%
I am looking forward to meet you 1 1.67%
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Old 24.06.2011, 12:51
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If it's the first time you're in touch with someone, nothing definite has been arranged and you say, "I'm looking forward to meeting you," you risk sounding like a stalker.
"I've been looking forward to meeting you since I saw you in my dream."
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Old 24.06.2011, 12:58
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Now I'm getting goosebumps...
"I've been looking forward to meeting you since I saw you on my menu for tonight's dinner in my dream..."
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Old 24.06.2011, 13:02
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Now I'm getting goosebumps...
"I've been looking forward to meeting you since I saw you on my menu for tonight's dinner in my dream..."
Complete silence.
Wouldn't that be "I'm looking forward to eating you..."
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Old 24.06.2011, 13:04
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Wouldn't that be "I'm looking forward to eating you..."
Depends who you're talking to
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Old 24.06.2011, 13:25
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Re: Look forward or Looking forward ?

That crossed my mind DB, but I decided it was a tasteless joke in more ways than one.
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Old 24.06.2011, 13:55
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Wouldn't that be "I'm looking forward to eating you..."
Then he's not just a linguist but a cunning linguist at that.
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Old 24.06.2011, 19:51
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Well the poll is clear.

People who voted for option 3 are reasonable, well balanced, educated people because the majority of them voted for both 3 and 1.

People who voted only for 1 are obviously grammar Nazis who can't see beyond their own narrow minded vocabulary.

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thank you all for your vote and the great discussion. I learned a few new things. We can state that the people who also voted for option3 did a forward-looking choice.
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thank you all for your vote and the great discussion. I learned a few new things. We can state that the people who also voted for option3 did a forward-looking choice.
You meant "made a forward-looking choice".

But, really, those who said Choice 3 did not "sound right" or that you cannot have two gerunds in a row (or a progressive verb followed by a gerund) did not give a grammatical explanation. They were basing it on their usual choice of words and what they are used to hearing - which is not ALL that is correct in the English-speaking world.
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