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Which is the normal interpretation of the following sentence? Is it a) a question about what is going to happen b) an invitation?

"Will you come to the party?"
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MrPedantic
It is quite difficult to say, though; for instance, "Will you be coming to the party?" can be said in a beseeching eager-young-girl kind of way or with a blasé not-really-interested intonation.

What do you think, Milky?

MrP

The questioner asked which would be the more common interpretation. He/she didn't ask if it was or was not possible for other uses.
Milky
MrPedantic
It is quite difficult to say, though; for instance, "Will you be coming to the party?" can be said in a beseeching eager-young-girl kind of way or with a blasé not-really-interested intonation.

What do you think, Milky?

MrP

The questioner asked which would be the more common interpretation. He/she didn't ask if it was or was not possible for other uses.

Sorry, Milky: I meant about PS's question.

Any views?

MrP

PS: By the way, Anon said "normal", not "more common".
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AnonymousWhich is the normal interpretation of the following sentence? Is it a) a question about what is going to happen b) an invitation?

"Will you come to the party?"

Hello Anon

Do you have any more context, out of interest? Or is it an isolated sentence?

MrP
MrPedanticSorry, Milky: I meant about PS's question.

Any views?

MrP

PS: By the way, Anon said "normal", not "more common".

There is nothing wrong with "the party" there, IMO.

I would imagine that (more) normal mostly leads to more common.
Just for fun, can we consider a few other variations?

1) Won't you come to the party

2) Will you come to MY party vs. Will you come to THE party

3) Will you GO to the party vs. Will you COME to the party

My view:

1) That sounds like an invitation to me.

2) My party sounds like an invitation more than inquiry.

3) Go sounds more like a genuine inquiry than come does.
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<2) My party sounds like an invitation more than inquiry.>

I agree, but how about here?

So, will you come to my party?

So, will you come to my party, or not?
Would you like to come to my party?