I could have included the question in the title actually. I was wondering how I should use ''looking forward to'' when I want someone else to do something. Namely, which one is correct?

  • I am looking forward you to solving the problem?

  • I am looking forward to you solving the problem?

Google and Cambridge translators give no difference between them (I have translated them to Spanish), and on-line Cambridge dictionary says nothing about this. And neither does a quick search on Google.

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    You don't 'look forward' a person, you 'look forward to' something happening - so your second is correct. – Kate Bunting Sep 28 '20 at 12:01
  • The second one is correct. Definitely. – Dhanishtha Ghosh Sep 28 '20 at 12:03
  • By the way, I would like to know if the first one is even grammatical? – Dhanishtha Ghosh Sep 28 '20 at 12:04
  • Thanks for your comments. Notice that for beginners like me, the first one makes sense as long as it copies the structure of ''I want you to''. – Dog_69 Sep 28 '20 at 12:09
  • @DhanishthaGhosh I would say that it was not grammatical because look forward does not take a direct object. Dog_69 - I want you to solve the problem is not the same structure as I look forward to you solving the problem. – Kate Bunting Sep 28 '20 at 13:21

This definitely needs the preposition because you are "looking forward" and then stating a direction - the thing you are looking forward to.

The more formal way of saying "I'm looking forward to" is:

I look forward to you solving the problem.

Your example doesn't sound like something one would say informally, and the above sounds better.

If you were to use a verb that doesn't require a direction, then a preposition isn't required, for example:

I eagerly anticipate you solving the problem.

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    You're right, the doubt came up when writing a formal Email. So thanks for the suggestion. – Dog_69 Oct 11 '20 at 14:42

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