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Will is used following the format: subject + will + base form of the verb, such as: I/We/You/He/She/It/They + will + base form of the verb.

Going to is used following the format: subject + linking verb + going to + base form of the verb, such as: I/We/You/He/She/It/They + linking verb + going to + base form of the verb.

Will is used for actions that are to be carried out at the time of speaking, while going to is used when it is connected to now. For example: I will wear a jacket. (Just decided to wear one) It is cold outside (now). I am going to wear a jacket.

Usually, when the question has the present continuous form of the verb, answer it with going to if suitable. For instance: Are you watching the game later? Yes, I am going to watch it. 

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