Is there any difference between "they'll" and "they're going to" in the context below or are they completely interchangeable?

I made a big fool of myself at the office Christmas party, so I'm just a little nervous about how they'll/they're going to react when they see me again.

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    There is no difference. – Jeff Morrow Oct 30 '20 at 13:55

As Jeff pointed out, there is no difference whatsoever, though "be going to" would sound colloquial and would rather be used in conversational English.

Yes, they are interchangeable.

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    They'll is colloquial too! – Kate Bunting Oct 30 '20 at 16:46
  • Yes. But not as much as "they are going to" is, right? – Alex TheBN Oct 30 '20 at 16:47
  • Contractions are always regarded as colloquial. It would be 'they will' in formal English. – Kate Bunting Oct 30 '20 at 16:58
  • Google Ngram Is this graph relevant here? – Dhanishtha Ghosh Oct 30 '20 at 16:59
  • Ngrams is not a reliable source. It counts errors as well – Alex TheBN Oct 30 '20 at 17:01

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