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While I was attempting online ISL test, where I got the following MCQ:

Chen's looking forward ______ his job next week.

a) to starting

b) to start

c) starting

d) in starting

The ISL considered the option "to starting" as a correct. But I think that the correct option is "to start" because we don't use -ing form after to-infinitive.

So which one is correct?

  • Chen's looking forward to starting his job next week.

OR

  • Chen's looking forward to start his job next week.

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  • "To starting" is correct in that context. – Hot Licks Nov 23 '18 at 13:07
  • We would say 'Chen's expecting to start his job next week' - but what we look forward to is an event. – Kate Bunting Nov 23 '18 at 13:18
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This is not a case of to-infinitive, but rather the phrasal verb "look forward to", which pairs either with a noun or a gerund.

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