I'm looking forward to

The meaning of – I’m looking forward to

This is a fantastic English phrase to use when you are talking about upcoming plans and events. English people use it ALL THE TIME!

I’m looking forward to is to describe your positive feelings about something that will happen in the future. You are essentially saying: I’m waiting for this thing to happen and I’ll be very happy when it does!

Perhaps you have booked a holiday for next month and now you are really ready to go because you’ve been working hard recently, so you are looking forward to your holiday.
Perhaps you haven’t seen your Mum for a long time but next week she is coming to visit you, so you are looking forward to seeing her.

This lovely chunk of language can be used with two different structures.
1) subject + be + looking forward to + noun (e.g. We’re looking forward to our holiday)
2) subject + be + looking forward to + ing verb (e.g. I’m looking forward to seeing my Mum)


You: Did I tell you I’ve booked two weeks in Barbados?
Your friend: Oh wow, I bet you can’t wait!
You: Yeah. I’m really looking forward to just lying on the beach and drinking cocktails all day!

By the way, I bet you can’t wait is also a great expression that you can use to make yourself sound like a native English speaker ๐Ÿ˜‰

BUT…. you can also change the meaning to become negative by adding ‘not’

You: Apparently we’ve got a 3 hour meeting at work tomorrow!
Your friend: I know. I’m not looking forward to that at all!

What are YOU looking forward to? See if you can write an English example using this phrase and leave me a comment below ๐Ÿ™‚

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Nicki is a Cambridge qualified, experienced English teacher for foreign learners. She loves helping English learners to learn real English and communicate with confidence!

4 thoughts on “The meaning of – I’m looking forward to

  1. Lookin forward to, discibe something that will happen in the future, and it is a good expression the student could use in a conversation with someone.I am lloking forward to receiving some more expressions like this,thank you .

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