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Which is the correct expression, looking to build or looking to building?

Whether you are looking to build. . . .


Whether you are looking to building. . . .

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General Reference says that “looking to building” does not occur. – tchrist Aug 3 '13 at 2:56
@tchrist: Google Books says that looking to going does occur. Admittedly, only 184 times, compared to tens of thousands of looking to go, but closely-related forms such as They look to going to a different place every year don't seem completely unreasonable to me. – FumbleFingers Aug 3 '13 at 15:23

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The grammatical choice would be:

“Whether you are looking to build…”

i.e. the infinitive.

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The present participle does occur in such contexts, but it's not common, and I would say it's dialectal and/or uneducated. – FumbleFingers Aug 3 '13 at 3:17
"Looking to build something" but "looking into building something", and the meaning of "looking" has changed too. It's a miracle that some people actually learn this language. – Andreas Blass Aug 3 '13 at 3:24

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