I was reading this today:

We look forward to following your progress.

Am I correct in thinking that it is missing a be or that -ing should be removed?


We look forward to be following your progress.


We look forward to follow your progress.

Interestingly I get the same jarring feeling when reading the examples here What's the difference between "I look forward to" and "I'm looking forward to"?

  • @Mari-LouA So you mark this as a duplicate because a similar one was asked a few months before 4 years ago? I would think that my "be" makes it not duplicate, although the answer with the gerund does. – mplungjan Aug 3 '15 at 8:45
  • There are more answers, aren't there? In four years this question has got one answer, do you think anyone will actually come along and post a better answer than MT-Head's? – Mari-Lou A Aug 3 '15 at 8:50
  • I was just wondering, that's all – mplungjan Aug 3 '15 at 8:52
  • That is not a duplicate at all in my opinion. My examples are both valid. – mplungjan Aug 3 '15 at 8:53
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    The accepted answer disagrees with you. But if you think your question is still valid, and hasn't been answered properly set up a bounty :) – Mari-Lou A Aug 3 '15 at 8:54

We look forward to following your progress is correct; the two proposed corrections are not. "Following your progress" is a gerund phrase; it acts as a noun in this sentence.

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