How do I know when to use V+to+present simple, v+ gerund, or v+to+gerund?

I look forward seeing you.

I look forward to see you.

I look forward to hearing from you.

I look forward to hear from you.

I like to skating.

I like to skate.

I like skating.

Are there any differences? Which one is correct and incorrect?

Thank you.


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That is a very broad subject. try and to find online what are the differences between a to-infinitive phrase vs gerunds.

but here are some rules of thumb:

  1. after a preposition only a gerund may follow and and not a to-infinitive. (unless that preposition is part of a phrasal verb).
  2. the verb that precedes the phrase usually dictates what phrase would follow. want as in: I want to dance.


    deny as in: he denied committing the crime

  3. some verbs may be followed by both and thus change their meanings.

Remember as in:

  • I remember going outside (an action that had already happened)
  • I remember to go outside (an action to do in the future)
  • I want to emphasise the point that it is mostly a property of the particular headword (which could be a noun or adjective, not only a verb). Their subcategorisation frames are as much a part of their dictionary entry as their spelling.
    – Colin Fine
    May 22, 2020 at 19:40


I look forward to seeing you

I look forward to hearing from you

I like to skate OR I like skating

Sorry I can’t tell you the reason why, just what sounds right to me (native speaker).

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