Look forward to is a great phrasal verb to know. It is used very frequently in both business and personal situations.
look forward to = to be happy about something that will happen in the future; to anticipate something with enthusiasm
Structure note: Look forward to is an expression that ends in a preposition (to). As with all prepositions, it can only be followed by a noun. That means either a noun or noun phrase (tomorrow, your letter, my birthday, the party, etc.) or a gerund (-ing form of a verb: doing, going, seeing, etc.)
We often use this phrase in business situations, such as emails and letters. For example, here are some common phrases using this expression:
I’m looking forward to meeting you. (+ gerund)
*I look forward to your response. (+ noun phrase)
*I look forward to talking with you next week. (+ gerund)
We also use this phrase to talk about plans that we are excited about. For example:
I’m looking forward to my friend’s visit next week. (+ noun phrase)
I’m looking forward to taking my vacation. (+ gerund)
*NOTE: This expression is almost always used in the present continuous tense (looking forward to). However, sometimes in business situations, it is used in the simple present tense as it is here to increase the level of formality a little.)
I know phrasal verbs can sometimes be difficult, but I hope you found this explanation helpful, and you are looking forward to learning more phrasal verbs in the future!