I was on my way to school and suddenly heard my friend, A, is calling out from a distance:

Why are you going to school!

Today is a holiday!

My friend is using two sentences to express this. But if I would like to express it in one sentence how am I to say?

Can I say:

Why are you going to school as it's a holiday today.

Does it convey the meaning that I want?

Thanks in advance!

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    Those words are fine. although, stylistically, if you use them, you would put a comma after school. Jun 29, 2019 at 0:10
  • @JasonBassford So "as" is fine here Jun 29, 2019 at 0:16
  • I wouldn't call it wrong; however, it's a little awkward. It would likely be more natural to say Why are you going to school on a holiday? or Why are you going to school? Don't you know it's a holiday? Or even reverse their order. It's a holiday today. Why are you going to school? Jun 29, 2019 at 16:24

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No, that sentence isn't natural. "As" is used to introduce an explanation for a previous statement, but not for the confusion expressed in a previous question.

In general English doesn't like to combine statements and questions into the same sentence. You could write,

It's a holiday today, why are you going to school?

But that's just fusing together too sentences:

It's a holiday today! Why are you going to school?

By the way, you wouldn't write

Why are you going to school!

It's a question, so you need a question mark. If you really want you can use both ("?!") but that's not really standard.

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