It became ______ that I was not welcome

There were four words: clear, clearly, certainly, certainty.

I thought that it was "clearly"; I don't know if it was wrong.

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Among the four choices, "clear" is the best answer.

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    I'm happy to see you branching out into answering a question! But please edit to include an explanation of why this is correct; answers without explanation do not teach the patterns of the language well. Jan 30, 2016 at 0:18

Become is usually followed by either a noun phrase (eg "He became a teacher") or an adjective phrase ("I became angry". "It became clear").

There may be cases where it can be followed by an adverbial complement, but I can't think of any.

So it has to be clear or certain.

Certain is grammatically possible, but does not fit the meaning.

"It became clear that ... " refers to somebody's growing understanding of a situation.

"It became certain that ... " refers to the increasing likelihood or definiteness of a situation; for example "As the results came in it became certain that they were going to win".


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