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Is is correct to use a comma after "cautious" and to use "because" in the sentence below, or should I redo the sentence with a semi-colon?  See below....

Be cautious, because if you are not happy with the care you received from the specialist, of there are personality conflicts, this can affect your relationshipp with your own doctor.
Be cautious; if you are not happy..............

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Hello Patty - and thanks for the question.

I think the commas after 'cautious' is well chosen - but the sentence goes on for rather too long afterwards.

I would write it as follows:

Be cautious, because if you are not happy with the care you received from the specialist, and if there are personality conflicts, this can affect your relationship with your own doctor.

An alternative might be as follows:

Be cautious if you are not happy with the care you received from the specialist, because if there are personality conflicts this could affect your relationship with your own doctor.

Hope that helps

Best wishes

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