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    will vs. going to (the formal and informal style)

    Here is an anouncement sample:

    “The party will start at 10.00 pm.”

    My book says: ‘Will' is used here instead of ‘going to' for a formal style. Now I'd like to know what above anouncement should be changed if we want to expressed in an informal style with ‘going to’.

    Thank you!

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    Re: will vs. going to (the formal and informal style)

    Quote Originally Posted by bob8964 View Post
    Here is an anouncement sample:

    “The party will start at 10.00 pm.”

    My book says: ‘Will' is used here instead of ‘going to' for a formal style. Now I'd like to know what above anouncement should be changed if we want to expressed in an informal style with ‘going to’.

    Thank you!
    === Not a teacher ===

    1. At what time will the party begin\start?
    Ans: The party will start at 10.00 pm.

    2. When is the party going to start?
    Ans: The party is going to start at 10.00 pm.

    I would prefer using "is going" during a short notice (without a time frame, "mostly").

    Note: you can use "going to" as well with the time frame. (but rare)

    "will" is used to describe a future event with the time frame.

    Formal\informal: I cannot vouch! Both sounds okay to me.

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