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Are both these sentences correct? If so, why does one require a comma and not the other?

Jeff told me that the job was still available and that the manager wanted to interview me.

Jeff told me that the job was still available, and the manager wanted to interview me.

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    The second (missing the second that) is slightly ambiguous, though not because of the comma. – Henry Oct 6 at 1:58
  • You shouldn't change multiple things. If you want to only contrast comma use, then leave everything else identical. In short, use that in both sentences or in neither sentence. – Jason Bassford Supports Monica Oct 6 at 15:07
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The first sentence is easy to parse, as the two "that"s make it obvious what is on either side of the "and":

Jeff told me
        that the job was still available
    and
        that the manager wanted to interview me.

The second sentence doesn't line up as well and could be interpreted in two ways. The comma makes it seem less likely to have the same meaning as the first sentence. It seems more natural to parse it as:

    Jeff told me that the job was still available,
and
    the manager wanted to interview me.

In this case the information about the manager has nothing to do with Jeff. It could mean "Jeff told me that the job was still available, and [later I found out that] the manager wanted to interview me.".

The second sentence is badly written and is ambiguous, but the comma perhaps help resolve the ambiguity, although that interpretation might not be what the author actually meant.

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