Do you think that "was going to be" or "would be" could be used as past tense of will?

I thought this book was going to be your choice.

I thought this book would be your choice.

Do these two sentences basically mean the same thing or are they slightly different?

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They're effectively equivalent, just as in the "real-world/present tense" versions...

1: "I think this book is going to be your choice."
2: "I think this book will be your choice."

You could make the same "pseudo-distinction" that #1 focusses more on the "present status" (the book is currently destined to be your choice), and #2 more on the "future state" (that will arise). But I think it's better to just call it a stylistic choice.

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