I will and look forward to ...ing or I will be and look forward to ...ing ...

which one is correct? The latter one grammatically sounds right for me but I am not 100% sure.

  • Similar: Is “has or will read” grammatical? – herisson Jun 27 '17 at 22:54
  • The first is ungrammatical (assuming 'I will' isn't a fragment addressing a previous question) and the second is probably unacceptable because of the nature of the deletion. – Edwin Ashworth Jun 27 '17 at 23:34
  • Informally (e.g. in a text), you could probably get away with the first; however, the second is grammatically correct, i.e. I will be, and look forward to being, [sth.] – Dog Lover Jun 27 '17 at 23:56
  • @Dog Lover The form ...ing doesn't indicate being, which would be shown in full, but a general participle. – Edwin Ashworth Jun 28 '17 at 0:02
  • @EdwinAshworth Oh, I see what you mean. I thought it was elision (of "be") on the OP's part. – Dog Lover Jun 28 '17 at 0:03

I think the correct form is as follows:

I am looking forward to seeing you.

am looking is present continuous and is used now because the looking forward is something you are feeling NOW (and a little before now and after now until you see the person).

  • The question is about parallelism, not appropriate verb-form per se. – Edwin Ashworth Jun 28 '17 at 9:10

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