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  1. B45
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    Asking for movie showtimes. The first show has sold out and I say: What's/when's th

    Asking for movie showtimes. The first show has sold out and I say:

    What's/when's
    the next showing?

    Are both okay here?

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    Re: Asking for movie showtimes. The first show has sold out and I say: What's/when'

    I would use "when's".

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    Re: Asking for movie showtimes. The first show has sold out and I say: What's/when'

    Would you consider what's incorrect or nonsensical?
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    Re: Asking for movie showtimes. The first show has sold out and I say: What's/when'

    "What's" asks about the next movie title, not the time.

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    Re: Asking for movie showtimes. The first show has sold out and I say: What's/when'

    I"m not sure I agree, *in this context.*

    If you have just asked to purchase tickets for a specific movie and have been told that the 5:30 showing has sold out, then "what's the next showing" would give enough information to say "when is the next time that this movie I just asked about is showing at this theater for which tickets are available."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Asking for movie showtimes. The first show has sold out and I say: What's/when'

    "When's " would still be better in that context.

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    Re: Asking for movie showtimes. The first show has sold out and I say: What's/when'

    I agree it's the better choice but "what's" is not "nonsensical" as asked by the OP.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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