Common English Phrasal verb – Looking forward

Looking forward is a common English phrasal verb that you have probably heard before. Let me explain the meaning and help you use it in your own English conversations just like a native speaker.

Looking forward (to something) means – to be excited about something that is going to happen in the future.

Look at the following examples:

“I look forward to meeting your new girlfriend James, I’ve heard a lot about her.” ~ I’m excited to meet your new girlfriend.

“Greg has worked very hard this month. He is really looking forward to his holiday.” ~ He can’t wait to have time off from work.

*Notice that we are looking forward to noun *He is really looking forward to his holiday* OR we look forward to verb+ing *I look forward to meeting your new girlfriend James*

Here are a few more examples:

A: “You must be excited to go to Disneyland next week.”
B: “Yeah! I haven’t been there since I was young. I’m really looking forward to it!”

“My reports aren’t finished! I don’t look forward to explaining why they are not done at today’s meeting… The boss will be angry.”

“I’m really looking forward to Hawaii!”

What are you excited about? Is there anything you can’t wait for? What are you looking forward to?

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