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    Smile When is the boarding time? or What is the boarding time?

    Hi, I've seen the following question used as an example in an American English learning book for travelers:

    When is the boarding time?

    The context of the question is at the airport... At first, I didn't see any problem with the question at all. Until someone asked me: Should the question be "when is the boarding time" or "what is the boarding time" ?

    He completely got me. I have no idea which one is the right question to ask... Or are they both correct? and how would the Americans normally ask the question in a situation like this?

    Please help me out. I would really appreciate it! :)

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    Re: When is the boarding time? or What is the boarding time?

    I would use 'what', but I am not American. I am Chinese like you.

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    Re: When is the boarding time? or What is the boarding time?

    I would say "what" as well, but "when" is not wrong.

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    #4

    Re: When is the boarding time? or What is the boarding time?

    They both work.

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    Re: When is the boarding time? or What is the boarding time?

    withlove520, clicking on the 'Thank' button can obviate the need for a new post saying 'Thanks', such is one of the many unwritten rules on this forum.

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