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In the traditional Japanese household, most clothing could be packed flatly, and so it was not necessary to have elaborate closet facilities.

(A) flatly, and so it was not necessary to have elaborate closet facilities
(B) flat, and so elaborate closet facilities were unnecessary
(C) flatly, and so there was no necessity for elaborate closet facilities
(D) flat, there being no necessity for elaborate closet facilities
(E) flatly, as no elaborate closet facilities were necessary
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19 Feb 2006, 21:52
I think we need to use flatly.. packed flatly.. It modifies Packed.. so flatly needs to act as an adverb..
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19 Feb 2006, 23:26
"flatly" sounds odd.

Ill take (B) just by its sound.
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20 Feb 2006, 00:21
bewakoof wrote:
I think we need to use flatly.. packed flatly.. It modifies Packed.. so flatly needs to act as an adverb..

it doesn't; it refers to clothes and thus is an adjective "you can pack the clothes flat".
The sentence has been complicated with the use of "could be packed" so that "flat" happens to stand directlly after "packed"; rephrase the part to see that it must be "flat".

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20 Feb 2006, 19:56
In the first sight, i too thought "flat(ly)" should modify packed. But, reading the explanation and question again, i now understand that flat should refer to clothes and hence should be an adjective.
Good question. Thanks.
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22 Feb 2006, 15:20
B too!
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23 Feb 2006, 12:17
Flat vs Flatly

Clothing is the subject that is being modified. Clothing is a noun hence Flat.

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23 Feb 2006, 16:38
I choose B also and I like the explaination printed above.
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25 Feb 2006, 13:20
It is B. It is an interesting question...
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25 Feb 2006, 23:50
In the traditional Japanese household, most clothing could be packed flatly, and so it was not necessary to have elaborate closet facilities.

(A) flatly, and so it was not necessary to have elaborate closet facilities
-->
I too like the explanation given by El Torro (congrats on the century)

(B) flat, and so elaborate closet facilities were unnecessary
--> Proper

(C) flatly, and so there was no necessity for elaborate closet facilities
--> too wordy

(D) flat, there being no necessity for elaborate closet facilities
-->"there being" too wordy

(E) flatly, as no elaborate closet facilities were necessary
-->"as" is wrong usage here
25 Feb 2006, 23:50
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