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Why the below one is correct?

I look forward to meeting you.

And why this one is wrong?

I look forward to meet you.

I generally do these mistakes in letter writing.

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That's because the string look forward to is generally followed by 'verb-ing'.

I look forward to meeting you
I look forward to reading this book
I look forward to making your acquaintance
I look forward to speaking with him.

Check out the examples on COCA. Most of them follow this format. This is because in such structure, 'to' serves as a preposition and not the infinitive marker [Thanks Snailboat].

This is how it is -I just learned it that way! :)

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    Right, because this to is the preposition, not the infinitive marker. Look forward to can also be followed by a regular noun phrase; search COCA for looking forward to the for some examples. – snailcar May 1 '15 at 7:21
  • Hey, nice seeing you after long time @snailboat tip included! :) – Maulik V May 1 '15 at 7:29

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