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I saw the following sentences in the newspaper and I can't understand the sentence below:

We are doing little more than to open a series of key areas for investigation . At one level , we have done little more than confirm the kind of comments that have already appeared in journals and newspaper articles.

a/ What does " doing little more than to open " mean ?

b/ Can I say : We are doing little more than open a series of ... ( more than open ...instead of more than TO open )

Please help me

Thank you very nuch in advance
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MonalisatuanI saw the following sentences in the newspaper and I can't understand the sentence below:

We are doing little more than to open a series of key areas for investigation . At one level , we have done little more than confirm the kind of comments that have already appeared in journals and newspaper articles.

a/ What does " doing little more than to open " mean ?

b/ Can I say : We are doing little more than open a series of ... ( more than open ...instead of more than TO open )

Please help me

Thank you very nuch in advance

a/ This is all we're doing.

b/ This is tricky. I seem to go for 'opening', but I think the others are heard as well.
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Philip
MonalisatuanI saw the following sentences in the newspaper and I can't understand the sentence below:

We are doing little more than to open a series of key areas for investigation . At one level , we have done little more than confirm the kind of comments that have already appeared in journals and newspaper articles.

a/ What does " doing little more than to open " mean ?

b/ Can I say : We are doing little more than open a series of ... ( more than open ...instead of more than TO open )

Please help me

Thank you very nuch in advance
a/ This is all we're doing.
b/ This is tricky. I seem to go for 'opening', but I think the others are heard as well.
Hi Philip,

I agree with you. For symmetry / parallelism, opening goes well with doing; and open should pair well with do. For examples:

They are doing little more than inhibiting your business.

Turks and Caicos is an oasis for those seeking to do little more than lounge on the beach.

Happy New Year and Best Wishes,
Hoa Thai

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We are doing little more than to open a series of key areas for investigation .
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We are opening a series of key areas for investigation. Beyond that, we are not doing very much -- nothing, in effect.
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The idea is to diminish the importance of what is being done by saying that it is not much. nothing can substitute for little.

All morning I have done little/nothing more than (to) drink a cup of coffee. {to is optional.}
Politicians brag about what they accomplish, but they do little/nothing more than (to) argue with one another.
Karen did little/nothing more than (to) work on party decorations this week.


CJ
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Thank you very much Hoa Thai , Phillip and Calijim . I understand now:)