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I am not going to tell you how much I spent on this ring

I won't tell you how much I spent on this ring

Which is the best sentence ?

I think in the first case the decision has made before speaking (it has already been planned before and it is an intention no to tell the price of the ring ) so going to should be better, but it could be also an instant decision so will could also be good . May be will is stronger than going to and last "for ever" whereas going to is limited in time

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  • When you compare two things, you should ask Which is the better sentence? The answer is that neither is better. You can read into them whatever you wish but they mean exactly the same thing. – Ronald Sole Dec 8 '20 at 18:57
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Both are essentially identical. If you really want to split hairs, the "will" sentence is a decision made at the moment of speaking, whereas "be going to" sounds like a slightly firmer and stronger expression.

I am not telling you how... ( this one would be most likely used if you mean to imply such expression )

As I said, it's hard to see any difference here and both are applicable for this context.

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    Exactly. And somebody else might split different hairs and come up with an opposite difference in their context. – John Lawler Dec 8 '20 at 19:14

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