We sometimes use an ing form after to.
- I look forward to seeing you. (NOT . . . to see you.)
I’m not used to getting up early.
These structures may seem strange.
In fact, to is two words:
a. a part of the infinitive
- I want to go home.
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b. a preposition
- I look forward to your next letter.
I prefer meat to fish.
I’m not used to London traffic.
After the preposition to, we can use an -ing form, but not usually an infinitive.
- I look forward to hearing from you.
(NOT . . . to hear from you.)
I prefer riding to walking.
I’m not used to driving in London.
If you want to know whether to is a preposition, try putting a noun after it. Compare:
a. I want to your letter. (Not possible: to is not a preposition. Use the infinitive after I want.)
b. I’m looking forward to your letter. (This is all right, so to is a preposition. Use the -ing form after look forward to.)