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    #1

    MAY BE

    " Infusion pumps may be capable of delivering fluids in large or small amounts, and may be used to deliver nutrients or medications such as insulin or other hormones, antibiotics, chemotherapy drugs, and pain relievers. Some infusion pumps are designed mainly for stationary use at a patient's bedside."
    please explain to me the use of 'may be' in the sentences.

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    Re: MAY BE

    I don't think that the two instances of 'may be' have the same meaning.

    The first one seems to be saying that it is possible, but not certain, that infusion pumps can deliver fluids in large or small amounts. This is very imprecise and improbable.

    The second one seems to be saying that it is permitted to use them to deliver nutrients etc.

    I think it is badly written.
    I am not a teacher

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    Re: MAY BE

    The first instance is not really right. It would be better as Infusion pumps are capable of...

    I think the second instance refers to the possibility of using them in these ways, according to their design (not about permission).

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