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# Japanese household-SC!

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419. 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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28 Nov 2006, 12:36
Yeah B

there is a difference in meaning btw flat and flatly

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24 Jul 2010, 04:07
Could anybody elaborate on this one?
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noboru wrote:
Could anybody elaborate on this one?
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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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19 Nov 2010, 22:58
why were they "fooled" Pkit?

The definition you provide seems to bolster B all the more. Flatly - if it means in a way that will not be changed - cannot be used in the sentence as they couldn't reasonably have intended for the clothes to have been packed in a manner which cannot be changed --- like "frozen" the clothes into place without any scope for future change!

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20 Nov 2010, 05:58
Pkit wrote:
noboru wrote:
Could anybody elaborate on this one?
Thanks,

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.

Thanks Pkit. I was indeed fooled. I thought 'flatly' was the correct adverb. Are the two meanings the only meanings of the word?

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gmat1011,

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

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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.
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20 Nov 2010, 11:48
Hi pkit yes I am with you! Flatly does not work and the reason I posted was bcos you said the posters above were fooled when most had picked b (which uses flat) - I thought you were saying flatly works here

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20 Nov 2010, 12:29
gmat1011 wrote:
Hi pkit yes I am with you! Flatly does not work and the reason I posted was bcos you said the posters above were fooled when most had picked b (which uses flat) - I thought you were saying flatly works here

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no way I have meant that most of us, those who responded incorrect - including me, were fooled by test-writers.
If I were a native speaker I would not comit this mistake.
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Pkit wrote:
gmat1011 wrote:
Hi pkit yes I am with you! Flatly does not work and the reason I posted was bcos you said the posters above were fooled when most had picked b (which uses flat) - I thought you were saying flatly works here

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no way I have meant that most of us, those who responded incorrect - including me, were fooled by test-writers.
If I were a native speaker I would not comit this mistake.

Thanks again for the explanations Pkit. Ur point about native speakers is quite valid. Interesting hot topic.

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07 Jun 2016, 13:06
i think that options A,D and E are out
between options B and C i think the more correct is option C

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