I would like to use a quite long sentence to reflect my idea. For this sentence, I would like to use the word may. I found that I need to use it twice in the same sentence. However, I do not know if my sentence would be understandable or not, or if it is acceptable by the English grammar or not.

Here is my sentence:

Fixing the type of relationship between variables to a small set of dependency types may not adequate enough to reflect the dependencies, which may not include in the dependencies set.

I see that my sentence is long, however, this is my best way to do it.

  • The sentence is ungrammatical, but that aside, I see only one may in it. See this website on how and when may is generally used.
    – user3395
    May 5, 2018 at 12:35
  • There are some errors in the sentence, but the use of may is fine. There's no rule against using the same word twice in one sentence.
    – stangdon
    May 5, 2018 at 13:25
  • How about "Defining the relationship"? Do you need "type of"?
    – Lambie
    May 5, 2018 at 15:25
  • @Lambie, yes I need to use type of.
    – user73150
    May 5, 2018 at 17:18

1 Answer 1


How about this?

"Reducing the relationships between variables to a small set of dependency types may not adequately enough reflect all the dependencies, since some may be missing from the dependencies set."

In any case, you may use the word may as often as you may like in one sentence.

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