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    He said *that* his father was a businessman and *that* his mother was an engineer.

    a. He said *that* his father was a businessman and *that* his mother was an engineer.

    b. He said his father was a businessman and his mother was an engineer.

    c. He said his father was a businessman and *that* his mother was an engineer.

    d. He said *that* his father was a businessman and his mother was an engineer.


    Are all the sentences above correct? What I want to ask is that when the that-clause is not only the object of a verb but also appears after "and...", can I omit "that"?

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    Re: He said *that* his father was a businessman and *that* his mother was an engineer

    They are all correct. The ones without any thats are more colloquial.

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    #3

    Re: He said *that* his father was a businessman and *that* his mother was an engineer

    (c) is the least natural, in my opinion.

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    Re: He said *that* his father was a businessman and *that* his mother was an engineer

    Since "that" is optional in this type of construction, they are all correct, though I would agree that c. is the least idiomatic.

    Including "that" can make the sentence sound clearer and more formal.
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