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Phrasal Verbs: Looking Forward To - Definition and Examples

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https://www.tofluency.com/tools - Learn how to use the common phrasal verb - look forward to - in this English lesson from tofluency.com. //////// TRANSCRIPT //////// Hello, this is Jack from to fluency.com, and in this English lesson, we're going to have a look at the phrasal verb: look forward to. Now, this is a great phrasal verb to know because it is used all the time in everyday English. So, let's have a look at an example where I used the phrasal verb here on YouTube. So, we're going to go to to Europe in two weeks - as of this recording - and I can say, for example, I'm really looking forward to my holiday but I'm not looking forward to the journey. In the video I said, "So we're going to go to Europe in two weeks... I'm really looking forward to my holiday but I'm not looking forward to the journey. Look forward to something means to be excited about something, so, I was excited about my holiday but wasn't excited about the journey. The reason I wasn't looking forward to the journey was because it was very long... I was traveling with my son; we had to change planes; we had to take a train, also. So, it was a difficult journey that's why I wasn't looking forward to it. Let's have a look at more examples now using this phrasal verb. He's looking forward to starting his new job. In this example, we're using a verb after the phrasal verb, and when we do that, we use the gerund: starting. I'm looking forward to going to the beach next week. So, again, we're using the gerund: going. I'm looking forward to the beach. Now, this is very similar to the last example except in this one, we're just using the noun. We're not looking forward to it so in context "it" can be anything, but we use this a lot when we want to use a pronoun instead of the noun. We're not looking forward to it. So, my question for this video is this: what are you looking forward to? So, what, at the moment, are you looking forward to? Leave your answers below this video, thanks for watching and I'll see you next time! ---------- Please share this video if you found it useful. Thanks. Here is the article on this topic: https://www.tofluency.com/look-forward-to/ See all my phrasal verb lessons here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZOJurmtexYoK0ag3zbT8YWKatK3C82Zw Subscribe on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=tofluency Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tofluency Twitter: https://twitter.com/tofluency Google+: http://www.google.com/+Tofluencyenglish
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gledyschavez (3 months ago)
CAN I SAY. I am looking forward to going swimming. I am looking forward to swimming,????
To Fluency (3 months ago)
The first one is more common.
agáta Stejskalová (7 months ago)
I am looking forward to going home after a half year in Ireland.
Juan Juan (11 months ago)
I am looking forward to speaking English soon. Very useful video.Thank you
saba Alisa (1 year ago)
I'm looking forward to pass my exam.
aymen echargui (1 year ago)
i'm looking forward to going to tokyo
Little Mixer (1 year ago)
I'm looking forward to my holiday I'm looking forward to meeting my favorite celebrity
Brandon Jared (1 year ago)
I'm looking forward to going to London
Tyozão Games (1 year ago)
I'm looking foward to be fluent in English :)
xgtownboy (2 years ago)
thanks for sharing this video
xgtownboy (2 years ago)
i am looking forward to having teacher like you!!
Eric Yan (2 years ago)
I'm looking to the day that I'll be able to understand everything that I heard!
Agung SM (2 years ago)
i'm looking forward to watching a movie with my girlfriend
Alberto Enrique (2 years ago)
I'm looking forward to playing football next week
Sito Torres (2 years ago)
I am looking forward to partipating in the next clases todat.
i am looking forward to speak english fluently
I'm looking forward to launching my own business
To Fluency (2 years ago)
Very cool. I think we spoke about this over email.
Mirth david (2 years ago)
looking forward to canada and to meet you and Toby.
Mollie Tai (3 years ago)
Looking forward to your next video !
To Fluency (3 years ago)
+Mollie Tai Just recorded it. Will be here soon!
Phan huyền (3 years ago)
i'm looking forward my sisiter's wedding in next week !
To Fluency (3 years ago)
+Phan huyền Have fun! I love weddings.
Reshad MX (3 years ago)
Personaly I am looking forward to your reply to my email :) Thanks for great and laconic explanation!
vajhala sarma (3 years ago)
Hi Jack, I am Awaiting for formal offer letter from HR, for that, Can i write "Looking forward to receiving your reply"?
To Fluency (3 years ago)
+vajhala sarma "Looking forward to hearing from you soon."
sami oda (3 years ago)
I'm looking forward to meet you soon, Jack.
To Fluency (3 years ago)
+sami oda *meeting
Mollie Tai (3 years ago)
I am really looking forward to knowing your upcoming events .
To Fluency (3 years ago)
+Mollie Tai Great example!
Mollie Tai (3 years ago)
I look forward to watching your next video . Thank you so much !
sorry for mistakes like "hallo"😅
Hallo, Jack! I would so like you to make some videos giving us some very useful phrases like, for example, "to make a massive difference" or something. Of course transcripts are wanted too. And if you do this I will be happy very mush. I'm looking forward to your answer hoping you'll be so kind to do that. By the way I mimick your speaking and I feel my pronunciation is getting better. Thanks a lot!
To Fluency (3 years ago)
*New English Lesson!* What are you looking forward to? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8t9rGershzc
Sandy Hou (3 years ago)
I am looking forward to the weekend, because I plan to another city for travel.
CAMILO GALLEGO R (3 years ago)
Thanks +To Fluency. I already fixed it. :-)
To Fluency (3 years ago)
+JULIAN CAMILO GALLEGO RAMIREZ "... finishing it..."
CAMILO GALLEGO R (3 years ago)
I am looking forward to beginning my Renewable Energy projects. I look forward to finishing it soon.
bahtiyor maksumov (3 years ago)
thanks a lot Jack
To Fluency (3 years ago)
+bahtiyor maksumov You're welcome!
Al K (3 years ago)
I'm looking forward to your new lesson.
To Fluency (3 years ago)
+Al K Love it!
josejn2007 (3 years ago)
As regards your question, I may say that I am looking forward to improving my english listening skill! I salute you, Jack.
josejn2007 (3 years ago)
+To Fluency Thanks a lot, Jack!
To Fluency (3 years ago)
+josejn2007 Great example! Just a quick correction: "..... listening skills."
josejn2007 (3 years ago)
Hi, Jack! I wonder if the "look forward to" frase must always be followed by the gerund. Is it grammatically incorrect to say "I 'am looking forward to go to the movies"?
josejn2007 (3 years ago)
+To Fluency Thanks again, Jack! I salute you.
To Fluency (3 years ago)
+josejn2007 When using it with a verb, yes. In fact, we tend to use the phrasal verb in the continuous tenses, too.
josejn2007 (3 years ago)
+Online English Teacher Philip Thanks for the answer, Philip!
Online English Teacher (3 years ago)
+josejn2007 (I am not Jack) "look forward to" is a phrasal prepositional verb (reference: https://www.englishclub.com/grammar/verbs-phrasal-verbs_3.htm) - therefore "look" is the main verb, "forward" the adverb and "to" the preposition - the rule is to use "-ing" after a preposition: (reference: https://www.englishclub.com/grammar/verbs-m_infinitive-ing.htm) - however one can also use an article + noun, such as "I look forward to the food."
k ku (3 years ago)
I am looking forward to get package. I ordered few books with English and one in Polish. Actually I read The Godfather in original and listen on youtube in the same time. I understand whole plot, however there is a lot of words I don't know.
k ku (3 years ago)
Yes, it arrived yesterday. Now I'm reading a book about meditation. It's quite interesting and I'm curious how it works.
To Fluency (3 years ago)
+Krzysztof Kunysz "I'm looking forward to getting my package." Has it arrived yet?

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