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I look forward to hearing from you vs I am looking forward to hearing from you Options
phumla petit
Posted: Sunday, March 25, 2012 12:45:55 PM
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Hello,

What exactly is the difference between "I look forward to hearing from you" and " I am looking forward to hearing from you"?
Is it a case of formality with the simple present tense version being more formal/ distant than the continuous one?

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Phumla
excaelis
Posted: Sunday, March 25, 2012 1:20:01 PM

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They are essentially the same. However, in spoken English the first option can be toned to indicate an imperative: ' I'd better hear from you or there'll be trouble !'.
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