In one of the tests I saw another expression that require the verb+ing but I can’t find it now, so I’d like to know:
- are there many expressions like that ? or
- if there are just two-three can you give me the expresssions? or
- how can I know (or feel) when to use the verb+ing?
Is there a rule for it? Why “I’m looking forward to see you” is not correct?
I can just say you that you can also say “I look forward to seeing you”.
But it’s still “seeing”, isn’t it?
Are you looking for patterns " to -ing"? In theory, any verb1 that can take a noun as an indirect object after “to” ought to work, such as “react to…”, “respond to…”, “object to…”, “correspond to…”.
I found some more suggestions at englishforums.com/English/To … q/post.htm :
pay attention to, take exception to, take to, resort to, get around to, contribute to, devote time to, amount to
I am waiting for your message.
I am searching for an answer.
I am thinking of a reply.
I do not really think there is a “rule”, this is just a fairly common means of expression.
Hmm … I don’t think that’s what Monica is looking for. Perhaps she can clarify.
Thank you, Dozy
for sending me to that page - I found the expressions and I’ll try to make friends with them the following days and get them closer to me.
See you next time!