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    Do should be followed by obj. and the object is omitted. Am I right?

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    Hormones do more than influence adult behavior: help to determine the development of bodily form and may even determine and individula's behavioral capacities.
    What about looking at it this way?

    1. Hormones influence adult behavior.
    (Subject+Verb+Object)

    2. Hormones do more than influence adult behavior
    (Subject+Adverb+Verb+Object)

    do more than (verb+object in form, adverb in function) :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by jiang
    I think you hold different opinions in that Casiopea thinks that 'more than' is an adverbial phrase. You think 'more' is a noun.

    Is it correct to rewirte the sentence this way: What hormones do is more than influence adult behavior....'?
    Yes, I see "more" as the object of "do" and "than" as a conjunction to introduce the second verb (influence) as an unequal comparison.

    Your revision would not be very natural,IMO. :wink:

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    :D
    I see. Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jiang
    I think you hold different opinions in that Casiopea thinks that 'more than' is an adverbial phrase. You think 'more' is a noun.

    Is it correct to rewirte the sentence this way: What hormones do is more than influence adult behavior....'?
    Yes, I see "more" as the object of "do" and "than" as a conjunction to introduce the second verb (influence) as an unequal comparison.

    Your revision would not be very natural,IMO. :wink:

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    :D
    I see. Thanks!
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    You're welcome. :wink:

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