I'm writing a story. A burglar breaks into a man's home and threatens him with a gun. As the burglar locks the man into a room so that he can rob his things, the man yells at him -

1) You're not gonna get away with this!

2) You won't get away with this!

3) You'll not get away with this!

4) You're not getting away with this!

Are the suggestions equally natural or are some better to use here than others? Thank you in advance.

  • (3) sounds weird to my AmE ear, but I'm not sure what the BrE people will say about it...
    – Kevin
    Jun 8, 2020 at 18:01

1 Answer 1


All the sentences are fine and I don’t see a big difference. I would personally choose the fourth sentence since the use of present continuous tense here describes the event in the near future. The only difference I see between 1 and 2 is that, going to is preferred in spoken English and will is preferred in formal written English. The third sentence is fine but we commonly use “you won’t” instead of “you’ll not”.

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