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Malcolm Tent is back, looking forward to correcting a certain usage

A letter came across my desk recently, and I was shocked to see a normally excellent writer use the phrase, "I will look forward to hearing from you."  Exactly when will that be?  Does that mean that I have an indefinite time in which to respond?  The phrase should be, "I look forward to hearing from you."  That's much more definite.  I know you have been awaiting my response since you wrote the letter, and that puts a bit more pressure on me to respond. 

Is there something you read or hear that sends you up the wall?

Do tell us. 

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