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I was told that this sentence is correct with the usage of a comma before and after the word and. I want to correct my grammar if I am in error.

To claim a prize, send a Private Message to me stating: which prize you won, your geographical location, and, if necessary, your address for sending a physical prize.

Is the comma usage in this sentence correct?

  • Commas have nothing to do with grammaticality. This, sentence, right,here,is,,,, grammatically impec,,,ab,,le. – RegDwigнt Apr 7 '14 at 10:58
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That sentence is grammatically correct. This is because if necessary is a subordinate clause, not just another item in your comma-separated list.

Keep in mind, if you were to remove that subordinate clause from the sentence, you would not use a comma after the and:

To claim a prize, send a Private Message to me stating: which prize you won, your geographical location, and your address for sending a physical prize.

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    This sentence retains the Oxford comma before and, and I'd say few people would omit it here. It disambiguates. I think most people would drop the colon, though. To claim a prize, send a Private Message to me stating which prize you won, your geographical location, and (for a prize needing mailing) your address. – Edwin Ashworth Apr 7 '14 at 7:52
  • Both answers seem to have people that agree with them and they are against each other. – Case Apr 7 '14 at 13:43

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