I am trying to find the correct punctuation for the following sentence:
It allows connection to, and customisation of, functions available in the program.
Does such construction, with two direct objects, one sort of clarifying the other one, have a name? I was trying to use Google to answer my second question, but failed to explain to it what I mean.
What is the correct punctuation to use here? A colleague of mine suggested moving the second comma ahead to before “of”. I am in doubt.
1) The phrase or information can be called several things: parenthetical, nonessential, non-restrictive, or an aside.
2a) You want to use either two commas or none; which of these depends on if you view and customization of to be an essential part of the sentence or a useful, but ultimately unnecessary, addition.
2b) Moving the location of the comma would result in something ungrammatical if you were to remove the nonessential information:
It allows connection to [, and customization,] of functions available in the program.