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Could you tell me if there is any difference between see what happens and see what's going to happen? For example:

I can't say which boxer and how will win. Let's just wait and see what happens.

I can't say which boxer and how will win. Let's just wait and see what's going to happen.

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    No meaningful difference. Unrelatedly, the construction "which boxer and how will win" is technically acceptable but hard to make sense of. "Which boxer will win and how" would be easier. Sep 24, 2021 at 20:04

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See what happens is a phrase that has more emphasis on the outcome, whereas See what's going on can mean the same, but more emphasis on seeing what's happening in the process that's bringing about the outcome.

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  • Thanks for pointing that out! I specifically asked about the difference between "see what happens" and "see what is going to HAPPEN' Sep 27, 2021 at 14:26

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