Can we say "too little explored method"?

What other alternatives do we have? I'm limited by the word number, so the less the better.

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    I suggest that you add some context. It will help people who answer the question – Cardinal Jul 3 '16 at 8:15
  • Are you writing an introduction for a scientific paper or something? – nodakai Jul 3 '16 at 8:53
  • @nodakai something... ;) – An old man in the sea. Jul 3 '16 at 12:38

I think "too little" might work with other phrases, but it doesn't seem so nice with this one.

I like

virtually unexplored method

You could be emphatic and simply say

unexplored method

Depending on the context,

  1. untested method
  2. unproved method
  3. unexamined method

could work.

  • What about «relatively unexplored method»? – An old man in the sea. Jul 3 '16 at 8:36
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    I think in English, we only use the " quotation marks. Sure, "relatively" could work too. – Em. Jul 3 '16 at 8:38
  • Sure. Good luck. – Em. Jul 3 '16 at 8:53
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    @Anoldmaninthesea. I figured out the one I was really thinking of. Maybe you can consider "insufficiently explored method". – Em. Jul 3 '16 at 10:41

We would expect to see it this way, with too little explored appended as a fused modifier:

... is a method too little explored.


Place a hyphen between "too" and "little" and you'll be good to go.

Incorrect: "a too little explored method"

Correct: "a too-little explored method"

However, like another user stated, "a virtually unexplored method" would be a more common construction.


If you want to keep the structure you need a proper adverb, for example

a not sufficiently explored method

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    "An insufficiently explored method" is more idiomatic than "a not sufficiently explored method". – alephzero Jul 3 '16 at 17:24

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