So, the situation is following: I am watching a TV show that my friend has already watched prior to me. I want to know something about the plot. How should I ask her?

  1. "Are they going to find her in that room?"
  2. "Will they find her in that room?"

Both work correctly in this scenario; it sounds better to say "are they going to" as it implies that the person being adressed likely knows the answer. This is based on no rule but simply a stylistic choice in my case

  • @ConfusedSoul One should accept an answer they find helpful, not an answer that appears to be correct. – user178049 Aug 21 '17 at 11:33
  • Correct answers will likely be helpful ones... At least when I provide my answers I hope them to correct hence helpful. May I inquire the reason of edit of my post? – Confused Soul Aug 21 '17 at 11:36
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    @ConfusedSoul Sugarcoating doesn't help much in that it has nothing to do with the exact question. I edited the question by the same token. – user178049 Aug 21 '17 at 11:53
  • I consider it politesse, and that it creates an atmosphere of friendliness and conviviality. – Confused Soul Aug 21 '17 at 13:35
  • @ConfusedSoul I understand, but there have been discussions about this, but it's been decided that it'd be better to dispense with it entirely and stick to the point. – user3395 Aug 21 '17 at 13:50

They both work, however, there is a slight difference in the interrogative sentences:

  1. "is going to" - a prediction depending on present evidence that we know about.
  2. "will" - likelihood or certainty of intentions and actions of the future

So basically:

  • "Are they going to find her in that room?" - You are predicting that they will so you are asking whether your prediction is true.
  • "Will they find her in that room?" - You are uncertain that they will so you ask to know if you're right.

I'd say "will" implies that present evidence doesn't exactly point to any likelihood of them finding her whereas "going to" does.

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