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I have a type of dependency between variables. I would like to express that the type of dependency can be set to one or a set of different patterns.

The types of dependency patterns are almost limited to a set of various dependencies or fixed to one single type.

I feel that my sentence is not correct and not understandable.

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This may be better, expresses one choice out of two.

The types of dependency patterns are almost limited to either a set of various dependencies or fixed to one single type.

As suggested in the comment, another solution sounds even better (I wander if meaning is the same - probably not):

The types of dependency patterns are either almost limited to a set of various dependencies or fixed to one single type.

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  • That sentence has a problem as it's written. If you put either where you did, then both things that come after it are limited to something. But you use fixed after or, which would imply limited fixed. To correct the sentence, you need to move either back: The types of dependency patterns are either almost limited to a set of various dependencies or fixed to one single type. Feb 5, 2019 at 15:33
  • @Jason: updated the answer. Thanks ;) In my solution, there is a hint that another alternative (or more) may exist. In your solution, there are strictly two alternatives.
    – virolino
    Feb 6, 2019 at 5:38

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