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    I choose flatly but the right answer choice has flat

    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

    I ruled the options with 'flat' in them but it seems that the answer choice should have flat

    could someone dissect the parts of speech of packed.. i thought packed is adjective and hence i selected flatly.. how is it verb?


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    Re: I choose flatly but the right answer choice has flat

    It is a verb, and in this context [clothing] "flat" is an adjective describing how the clothes are packed. So only those sentences using "flat" should be considered, and logically only #B fits.

    The adverb "flatly" means something that is said in an unemotional way or refused completely [He denied all charges flatly]


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    Re: I choose flatly but the right answer choice has flat

    I am sure Anglika will understand (with all the posts she has to give her attention to, and how words can start to swim together in one's mind) if I correct, that 'flat' is being used in its form as an adverb modify the verb 'packed', not an 'adjective'.

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    Re: I choose flatly but the right answer choice has flat

    Thanks Anglika.

    However, the sentence 'He denied all charges flatly' could have been better had it was written as 'He flatly denied all charges'. Flatly modifying verb denied. Please correct me if i am wrong.. :)

    Anyway, coming back to the original sentence: can you please tell me the how to find the distinction between an verb and an adjective in some sentences in which it would sometimes become difficult to dissect their parts of speech?

    Thanks

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    Re: I choose flatly but the right answer choice has flat

    There is no way to tell you that a word has a simple function. How it is used in the sentence is the main clue. Try to figure out what the sentence is trying to say:

    "In the traditional Japanese household, most clothing could be packed flat,
    and so elaborate closet facilities were unnecessary "


    clothing / could be packed
    (how?) (so that they appeared flat)

    and so elaborate closet facilities were unnecessary
    (therefore, elaborate closets were not needed)


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    Re: I choose flatly but the right answer choice has flat

    Quote Originally Posted by kiranlegend View Post
    Thanks Anglika.

    However, the sentence 'He denied all charges flatly' could have been better had it was written as 'He flatly denied all charges'. Flatly modifying verb denied. Please correct me if i am wrong.. :)

    Thanks
    You have hit on the difference between something said with no emotion [he denied the charges flatly] or refuted completely [he flatly denied all charges].

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