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18 Jul 2003, 10:57
In the traditional Japanese household, most clothing could be packed ( flatly), and so it was not necessary to have elaborate closet facilities.)
A) the same
B) flat, and so elaborate closet facilities were unnecessary.

C) flatly, and so there was no ncecessity for elaborate closet facilities.

D) flat, there being no necessity for elaaborate closet facilities.

E) flatly, as no elaborate closet facilites were necessary.

I think it has to do with the fact that Japanese clothing is flat, but how would we no this?
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18 Jul 2003, 11:14
Ask yourself, is the word "flat" describing the state of the clothing, or is it more appropriately used to describe the "method" or "process" of packing?

Consider this:

In the world of the procrastinating AkamaiBrah, most clothing is typically packed dirty, and so it is usually necessary to launder it after arriving at his destination.

In his world of his girlfriend, however, clothing is always packed carefully and neatly, and she always makes the most efficient use of the available luggage capacity to pack as much unneeded crap as possible.

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18 Jul 2003, 11:48
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18 Jul 2003, 11:55
Curly05 wrote:

Oh really?
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18 Jul 2003, 12:37

Think about it, we want the clothing to be arranged in a certain way. The clothing must be flat!

This is one of the craziest ETS Sentences I have seen but nonetheless that's the way it is.

It's crazy because if the clothing is packed flatly it is flat but if you look at the rest of the choices they are garbage.

Flat Clothing- No closet facilities.
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18 Jul 2003, 12:43
You are making the exact point I was trying to make with my examples.

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18 Jul 2003, 12:58
Here is some food for thought:

If you pack something in a manner that it comes out flat, does it mean that you packed it "flatly"? Is "flatly" a word?

If I cook something in a manner that it comes out delicious, did I cook it "deliciously"?

If I pet my dog in a way that it becomes agitated, did I pet it agitatedly?

If I do something that is bad, did I necessarily do it badly? (When I was a kid, I was a whiz at doing bad things well!)

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18 Jul 2003, 13:00
Well, diction is just as important for the Test. They mean it has to be flat for the closet.

i"m done with it, not worth the time.
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19 Jul 2003, 19:39
Sounds more like D to me
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19 Jul 2003, 19:47
MartinMag wrote:
Sounds more like D to me

D implies that the clothes are packed flat because there was no necessity for closet space.

B correctly states that it is not necessity for closet space because most clothes are packed flat.
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20 Jul 2003, 03:08
All the comments are clear, comprehensive, and logical. No questions and doubts are left after reading them.
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20 Jul 2003, 21:34
Sorry to bust this party late, but I have to believe that ETS will do its absolute best to avoid the awkward construction "and so." "And so" is technically not incorrect, I guess, but it sounds like my 14 year-old neighbor talking. Don't count on seeing it.
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21 Jul 2003, 10:01
Okay, JP, if you say so, where did you find that out?

How do you avoid the adverb trap most importantly?

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21 Jul 2003, 14:18
JP wrote:
Sorry to bust this party late, but I have to believe that ETS will do its absolute best to avoid the awkward construction "and so." "And so" is technically not incorrect, I guess, but it sounds like my 14 year-old neighbor talking. Don't count on seeing it.

You are probably right. "and so" is an awkward synonym for the concise word "hence".
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21 Jul 2003, 14:42
The answer has to be "B"....i could answer this question without even knowing whether the word preceding the comma is "flat" or "flatly" merely b/c the other choices can be eliminated due to other problems in their structure...
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16 Aug 2006, 23:28
JP wrote:
Sorry to bust this party late, but I have to believe that ETS will do its absolute best to avoid the awkward construction "and so." "And so" is technically not incorrect, I guess, but it sounds like my 14 year-old neighbor talking. Don't count on seeing it.

Not necessarily true. (B) correctly uses the structure here to show a result.
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16 Aug 2006, 23:35
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JP wrote:
Sorry to bust this party late, but I have to believe that ETS will do its absolute best to avoid the awkward construction "and so." "And so" is technically not incorrect, I guess, but it sounds like my 14 year-old neighbor talking. Don't count on seeing it.

Not necessarily true. (B) correctly uses the structure here to show a result.

We don't have any choice here. But "therefore" or "hence" would be better suited.
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