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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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14 Jun 2004, 04:30
I guess this is where a "flat adverb" should be used. Flat adverbs are those that do not end in â€“ly. This eliminates choices A, C, and E. Choice D is wrong because it says that most clothing could be packed flat because there were no elaborate closet facilities. Hence B.

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14 Jun 2004, 05:06
singh_satya wrote:
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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I think that the best answer is C.

'packed flatly' is the correct usage, so that rules out B & D.
E - wrong; it changes the meaning of the sentence 'no facilities were needed, so the clothes were packed flatly'
A - wrong; too wordy and long-winded
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14 Jun 2004, 05:11
I will go with (B) for conciseness.

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14 Jun 2004, 05:56
After some reflection this question looks more tricky than I thought at first.

I did a search on the internet and it appears that both 'packed flat' and 'packed flatly' are used out there. 'Packed flat' is more common in ads and online stores. The question is, of course, what is correct in GmatWorld.

But it looks like B is winning its ground. I'll wait for the OA to see for sure.
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14 Jun 2004, 06:10
hello

my ans wid be B reason one ''packed flat'' seems more precise and
two: it is much concise and clear as compared to others also what I belive is not completely ''right'' with C is the use of'' and so there was no neccesity for el......... facility'' is well meant by B also but with fewer words....

A) C) and E have ''faltly'' eliminated I guess also E gives a reason '' they were packed so cos thr was no elaborate facility'' which changes the meaning intented cleverly... HOPE MTHAT Helps!

well I could be well wrong ...

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14 Jun 2004, 15:57
OA is B

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15 Jun 2004, 12:30
I am still unclear as to why 'flat' presides over 'flatly' here. Is there a general rule here? Any insight would be greatly appreciated.

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15 Jun 2004, 16:43
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