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There are two situations in which I would use a comma before the word "and."

1) When three or more things are mentioned in a series: apples, bananas, and Oranges. This is called the series comma. It is used in American style more often than in UK style. But it is also correct to omit the series comma in US style.

2) In a compound sentence, which is two complete sentences joined by "and" (or another conjunction, such as "but" or "or"):

I went to visit my parents, and they were very happy to see me.

If the two sentences that make up the compound sentence are short and closely connected, the comma can be left out:

Stand up and state your name.

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