A grammatically correct way to ask someone a question would be:

Why are you still here?

If I want to make a statement (instead of a true question), such as, You've been here too long or Your comments are annoying, or You're either a troll or a quarrelsome person, would "Why you are still here" (meaning- why do you continue arguing with everyone) be acceptable in a conversational English?

Do you know why you're still here? is grammatically correct, but I don't want to know if he knows, I just want to express an annoyance with the person.


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When why is used as an exclamation, it is followed by a declaration not a question.

Why, your nose is bleeding!

Why, it's Santa Claus!

Why, you're still here!

But it expresses more surprise than annoyance. You'd have to supply an annoyed tone of voice to make sure it isn't interpreted as merely mild surprise, or some additional words:

Why, you're still here! I thought I asked you to leave.

  • Why, thank you!
    – apaderno
    Dec 3, 2023 at 15:53

The construct is grammatical and understandable when qualified by an appropriate context. Using the example circumstances you give, we could write:

Why you are still here, after the argumentative behaviour you have shown, I cannot imagine.


Why you are still here is a mystery to those who value civilised debate.


Why you are still here is that you have no home to go to.”

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