As a researcher, I recently received a review with a sentence that I do not fully understand.
The reviewer writes:
This seems not a research study rather than just a suggestion for solving a problem of simple question.
(Let us let aside the fact that the review is not particularly positive.)
What does "a problem of simple question" mean?
- A (not necessarily simple) problem, together with a question which is described with simple words?
- An utterly simple problem? (I favor this.)
- Anything else?
Before answering, I want to be 100% sure of the meaning. I tried to find occurrences of this form in the Internet, with only 1-2 matches.
Side question: does this form look natural to a native speaker?