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# Flat or Flatly

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31 Jul 2009, 15:49
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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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B

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31 Jul 2009, 15:58
what's the source of this question? I don't agree with the answer.

edit: actually i am mistaken. OA is correct =(

Last edited by bipolarbear on 31 Jul 2009, 16:04, edited 1 time in total.

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31 Jul 2009, 16:02
Its from 1000sc and I agree with you. I though flatly should be used since it is an adverb and we need an adverb to modify packed (v). Apparently flat is an adverb as well like.

I would have picked E

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31 Jul 2009, 16:07
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Its from 1000sc and I agree with you. I though flatly should be used since it is an adverb and we need an adverb to modify packed (v). Apparently flat is an adverb as well like.

I would have picked E

actually i would have picked A... there is nothing wrong with "it is necessary" so i hope no one says it is incorrect due to "It" not having a referrent sometimes people can be very dogmatic in their application of rules

2 problems with flatly:
1) flat modifies clothes... e.g. the wind remained strong... strong here is an adj modifying wind. flat is a adj modifying clothes
2) flatly does not mean in a flat manner. for it to describe packed it would have to be "in a flat manner" not flatly

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31 Jul 2009, 19:40
i took a different approach to the problem.

D/E were out...so it was between A/B/C

I was confused with flat/flatly... then found that

unnecessary --- shorter form of expressing not necessary
so went with B
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01 Aug 2009, 06:21
v dont need adverb flatly to modify packed
but flat to modify clothes

so B

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13 Sep 2010, 22:00
Flat modifies the subject clothing
Flatly modifies something else.
and hance changes the meaning of the sentence
B is also correct because of S-V agrrement. were is correct for the plural subject

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13 Sep 2010, 22:43
it has to be between B and D... the use of flat is correct and then the tense works with subject in the beginning to remove ambiguity - hence B.

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14 Sep 2010, 20:39
i chose E but well explained for B thanks.

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19 Nov 2010, 22:51
Guys,
you are fooled here.

look at you dictionary what does "flatly" means. Surprised?

1 in a way that is very definite and will not be changed
SYNABSOLUTELY:
to flatly deny / reject / oppose sth * I flatly refused to spend any more time helping him. * Our request was flatly rejected.
2 in a dull way with very little interest or emotion:
'Oh, it's you,' she said flatly.
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