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    Default "Why is it stupid, and have you not learn anything?"

    My friend tells me her grad school courses are stupid. I ask her:

    "Why is it stupid, and have you not learned anything?"

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    "Why is it stupid? Have you not learned anything?"

    - Can I put two questions in one sentence so I don't have to punctuate twice?
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    Default Re: "Why is it stupid, and have you not learn anything?"

    I would use two sentences.

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    Default Re: "Why is it stupid, and have you not learn anything?"

    If she said that her grad school courses are stupid, then you should ask her "Why are they stupid? Are you not learning anything?"

    I would use the present continuous in the second half because, presumably, she is still attending those classes even if she thinks they're useless.

    I'm not sure what your friend means by her courses being stupid. Stupid is usually a human attribute although we sometimes use it to mean that something is rubbish or that an act was senseless.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: "Why is it stupid, and have you not learn anything?"

    Quote Originally Posted by Batman45 View Post
    - Can I put two questions in one sentence so I don't have to punctuate twice?
    As you use a comma, it's no great saving.

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