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Which one is a better usage of a comma? (Grammarly says the latter one is right)

I also remember that he justified the Spearman rank correlation and rigorously proved a large sample normal approximation of it.

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I also remember that he justified the Spearman rank correlation, and rigorously proved a large sample normal approximation of it.

The only difference is that "," is added before the "and." or not.

Here I intended to say that "he" justified and also proved.

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    The comma is not incorrect and helps readability. It is compatible with most writing styles.
    – Kris
    Commented Nov 28, 2019 at 10:36
  • This may have little to do with the "that" clause.
    – Kris
    Commented Nov 28, 2019 at 10:37
  • The comma aids readability, especially for those with smaller lung capacity. There is no added ambiguity; I remember X and did Y' is infelicitous. Commented Nov 28, 2019 at 16:15

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The Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition: 6.29, page 317) would disagree with Grammarly. In the section Commas with compound predicates it states:

A comma is not normally used between the parts of a compound predicate—that is, two or more verbs having the same subject... .

  • He printed out a week's worth of crossword puzzles and arranged them on his clipboard.

It says also:

A comma may occasionally be needed, however, to prevent a misreading...

  • She recognised the man who entered the room, and gasped.

In other words, she recognised... and she gasped. On this basis it seems to me that including the comma actually makes the sentence potentially ambiguous. It could be interpreted as:

  • I also remember that... and I rigorously proved...
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  • Whoa! Perfect logic applied incorrectly, I'm afraid. [I also remember ...] [he justified ...] and [(he) rigorously proved ...]
    – Kris
    Commented Nov 28, 2019 at 10:35

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