the intended meaning of the sentence is about how traditional Japanese households packed their clothing and why closet facilities were unnecessary.
So their clothing was packed in such a way that as a consequence closet facilities were unnecessary.
I really really doubt that flatly
is appropriate word here to indicate that at the result of the following:
1)in a way that is very definite and will not be changed; or
2)in a dull way with very little interest or emotion
closet facilities were unnecessary. it is an absurd meaning, don't you think so?
if you are still in doubt replace flat with horizontally
Thanks Pkit. I was indeed fooled. I thought 'flatly' was the correct adverb. Are the two meanings the only meanings of the word?
i am glad you have appreciated my response.
Actually, according to Oxford Dictionary adjective and adverb form of "flat" are the same.
adverb form: flat - (level) spread out in a level, straight position, especially against another surface:
Ex: Lie flat and breathe deeply. * They pressed themselves flat against the tunnel wall as the train approached.
Audaces fortuna juvat!
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