I was looking forward ____ at the new restaurant, but it was closed.

Are to eat and to eating both correct or only the last one ?


"To eating" is the correct answer.

When using "looking forward to", we follow it with a [verb]-ing.

Edit: We can also follow "looking forward to" with a noun.

Example: I'm looking forward to dinner.

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  • If it's followed by a verb. For instance, the following is normal: I was looking forward to your visit. – Jason Bassford Aug 31 '19 at 23:19
  • "visit" in that case is a noun, not a verb. – John Zhau Sep 1 '19 at 2:42
  • That's exactly my point. Your answer doesn't say that you can follow looking forward to with a noun. But you can. As your answer stands, it implies that only a verb (using the present participle) can follow it. – Jason Bassford Sep 1 '19 at 2:59
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    OK I added that. – John Zhau Sep 1 '19 at 5:43

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