“We look forward to seeing you” is common in formal emails or situations when you might meet someone soon. Though uncommon, you might find the phrase included in a letter when you’re excited to see someone. This article will explore whether it’s correct (and what to say instead).
Is It Correct to Say “We Look Forward to Seeing You”?
“We look forward to seeing you” is grammatically correct. You may use it in formal English because it uses “we look forward to” as a phrasal verb and “seeing” in the gerund form. You’ll find it works best when you are excited to see someone again after a while apart.
It is correct English, but there are some issues that people come across with it.
Firstly, people struggle to use the correct verb form of “see.” “We look forward to see you” is a common mistake, where people think “see” needs to be infinitive after “to.”
Instead, “see” should become “seeing.” “To” is a preposition, and a gerund form (i.e. “seeing”) needs to come after the preposition to show how the action is occurring.
Secondly, there’s the addition of verbs like “to be.” “We are looking forward to seeing you” is common, but “are” slightly changes the meaning. You may notice that “look” becomes “looking” in this case too. Now, we use “looking” and “seeing” as gerund forms to show a continuous action.
“Are” implies that you actively look forward to seeing someone on every possible occasion until you see them again. There’s nothing wrong with this, but it’s the continuous tense, which isn’t required in formal English.
Now that you know all the intricacies, here are some examples to show you how to use “we look forward to seeing you” in a sentence:
- We look forward to seeing you tomorrow. It’s been so long since we last met.
- We look forward to seeing you all. Do you want us to bring anything along?
Now we’ve covered that “we look forward to seeing you” is correct, it’s time to explore alternatives. We’ve gathered some great suggestions on what to say instead of “we look forward to seeing you.”
Other Ways to Say “We Look Forward to Seeing You”
Other ways to say “we look forward to seeing you” are “looking forward to seeing you,” “hope to see you soon,” and “we look forward to meeting you.” These are the best synonyms for remaining polite and formal as you email or message someone.
1. Looking Forward to Seeing You
“Looking forward to seeing you” shows you are excited to see someone. It works as another way to say “we look forward to seeing you” by removing “we” and changing “look” to the gerund form.
This allows you to be more general. You don’t have to refer to the people who are “seeing” someone. You can avoid a pronoun entirely to show someone you’re happy to see them soon.
- Looking forward to seeing you later. Is there anything you’d like me to bring to the meeting?
- Looking forward to seeing you again. I’ll mark it on my calendar to remind myself.
2. Hope to See You Soon
“Hope to see you soon” is a formal option that works well to replace the phrase. It’s an example of how to say “we look forward to seeing you” politely because “hope” shows that you’re hoping that your meeting or visit will go well.
Formal phrases are often more concise than other phrases. It’s best to avoid using too many words when writing formally to avoid annoying the recipient. That’s why “hope to see you soon” often comes without a pronoun before it.
- Hope to see you soon. It’s been nice to catch up after all this time.
- Of course. Hope to see you soon. Let me know when you’re back in town.
3. We Look Forward to Meeting You
“We look forward to meeting you” is a great alternative to use here. It shows that you’re keen to meet someone as a group (using “we”), though it refers to the first time you “meet” them.
This is great for formal occasions when meeting someone new. “Meet” only works on your first introduction to someone. Every introduction after the first one should be a “see” rather than a “meet.”
- We look forward to meeting you. It’s not often that we come across someone with your talents.
- We look forward to meeting you. Is there anything else you’d like from us before we continue?
4. We Are Excited
“We are excited” is a great synonym here. It shows that you are “excited,” which is synonymous with “look forward to.” The only difference is that “excited” tends to appear a bit more friendly and informal.
If you want to show genuine excitement, you can use this phrase. It shows that you are happy to meet with someone and talk to them. It’s also a good show of respect, which can work well in formal and informal situations.
- We are excited about this. We hope it’s everything you expect it to be and more.
- We are excited. Let’s get this business relationship on the road.
5. We’re Excited to See You
“We’re excited to see you” is another great option that shows your excitement. You may extend “we are excited” to include “to see you,” showing the exact reason for your excitement.
While “we are excited” works well, adding “to see you” makes it much clearer for the recipient. It shows that you’re overjoyed to see someone and want to make the most of your time with them.
- We’re excited to see you. It’s nice to be able to connect with you at times like these.
- We’re excited to see you again. Have you got any ideas about what you want to do next time?
6. I’m Happy to See You
“I’m happy to see you” shows that you’re looking forward to seeing someone at some point. It works best when a meeting has already been arranged, as “happy” implies that you agree to the dates or times suggested.
You may also add “soon” to the end of the phrase, but you’ll need to change the pronoun tense. It’s best to say:
- I’ll be happy to see you soon.
You may choose which one you think is more appropriate for you.
- I’m happy to see you. Let me know what times work best for you before we figure anything out.
- I’m happy to see you. Do you have some ideas for what we can do next?
7. Looking Forward to It
“Looking forward to it” works well without including a personal pronoun to show that you are excited to see someone. You may start a sentence with “looking,” though it isn’t always the best choice formally.
If you leave a pronoun out of the sentence, the sentence won’t be officially “complete.” It will be a sentence fragment, which is great to use when you want to get to the point as soon as possible.
- Looking forward to it. Of course, I’ll have to order some things for the meeting before it takes place.
- Looking forward to it. I’ll be there to help you settle the score.
Martin holds a Master’s degree in Finance and International Business. He has six years of experience in professional communication with clients, executives, and colleagues. Furthermore, he has teaching experience from Aarhus University. Martin has been featured as an expert in communication and teaching on Forbes and Shopify. Read more about Martin here.