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Is the sentence

One only has to look at the size of Claire’s house to know that you can make a lot of money as a doctor.

correct?

I'm not sure whether mixing the words "one" and "you" in the same sentence is grammatically correct.

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It's a stylistic pecadillo at best. One shouldn't mix points of view in the same piece of writing.

It's syntactically awkward to use one and you interchangeably, since it may cause the reader momentary confusion and create an undesireable ambiguity.

As a matter of formality, old-school stylists like Warriner say that using "you" in a general sense - in places where one can't see a "you" - is a bad thing to do.

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I think it's acceptable. One and you are not referring to the same hypothetical person, so they don't need to agree with each other. One refers to the person who is coming to the conclusion based on looking at the house, while you refers to doctors.

As Rob Ster points out, mixing points of view in a single sentence is awkward, so it might be better rephrased as

One only has to look at the size of Claire's house to know that doctors make a lot of money.

On the other hand, the simple statement "doctors make a lot of money" is somewhat sterile, the original wording has more stylish nuance.

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I agree with Barmar. It is correct to say :

One only has to look at the size of Claire’s house to know that you can make a lot of money as a doctor.

As one means anyone , but you refers to doctors.

But the best to say :

One only has to look at the size of Claire's house to know that doctors make a lot of money.

Or You only have to look at the size of Claire's house to know that doctors make a lot of money.

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