How is that you didn't tell us even about your address and phone number ?

Are not your father and your brother out of town ?

Why is that we have used your just once in first sentence and twice in second sentence ? Will the sentence be still grammatical and correct if one uses your vice versa i.e. twice in first sentence and once in second one ?

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    You should use aren't instead of are not. – user3169 Sep 8 '17 at 6:14
  • @user3169 I think 'about' in first example could also be omitted, what do you say ? – user212388 Sep 8 '17 at 8:17
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    about adds some context, information about your address and phone number (maybe it changed), rather than just telling you the information. So it depends on context. Actually I think even is out of place. If it is necessary, "How is it that you didn't even tell us about your address and phone number ?" would be better. – user3169 Sep 8 '17 at 16:05

It is equally correct to say

Your address and phone number


Your address and your phone number


Your father and your brother


Your father and brother

are both correct. The only time someone may find it difficult to understand what you're saying is when both nouns could be referring to the same entity. The following sentences illustrate this point:

My uncle and mentor was a good man. (The same person was my uncle and my mentor)

My uncle and my mentor were proud of me. (Two separate people were my uncle and my mentor)

In general, using "my" before both nouns is used to avoid confusion, although this is not required. In my example, "my uncle and mentor" could also refer to two separate people, just as "my uncle and my mentor" could still refer to one person. This distinction should be clarified in the rest of the sentence.

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