Prepositional verbs

Prepositional verbs

I’m looking forward to see you.

I’m looking forward to seeing you.

Do you know which sentence is correct? Read on to find out.

  • The correct sentence is I’m looking forward to seeing you.


In the above example, the preposition to is part of the prepositional verb look forward to (something or doing something). Since to is a preposition, it must be followed by a noun or a gerund (i.e., the -ing form of a verb).

Common Prepositional Verbs

Prepositional verbs are quite common in English, and learning the correct verb / preposition combinations is a matter of memorization and practice.

Prepositional verbs consist of two parts – a verb and a preposition. A noun, pronoun, or gerund can follow the preposition. Below are some common combinations:

look forward to get on / off
look at go into 
look after  deal / cope with
complain about care for / about
depend on think about

Examples (verb + preposition + gerund):

  • I am thinking about going to Spain next year.
  • She cares about doing good things for others.
  • It depends a lot on having good luck.
  • He always complains about going to work.
  • I look forward to meeting you soon.

Examples (verb + preposition + noun / pronoun)

  • It depends on the cost.
  • She always thinks about others.
  • Mark’s father is ill. He told me that he looks after him every day.