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When drive-ins were at the height of their popularity in the late 1950’s, some 4,000 existed in the United States, but today there are less than one-quarter that many.

A. there are less than one-quarter that many

B. there are fewer than one-quarter as many

C. there are fewer than one-quarter of that amount

D. the number is less than one-quarter the amount

E. it is less than one-quarter of that amount

I think the answer should be B but some people think it should be C..
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Oct 2006, 02:45
Although amount is natural to be associated with 4000...I will go with C.
B looks unidiomatic. seems it misses 'as' at the end.
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Oct 2006, 03:54
I would go with B. 4000 is the number of drive-in (theatres). It can't be amount.
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Oct 2006, 06:31
ak_idc wrote:
I would go with B. 4000 is the number of drive-in (theatres). It can't be amount.

as many what??? B is an incomplete sentence.


Fewer than ... (countable noun) that amount...
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Oct 2006, 06:54
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ak_idc wrote:
I would go with B. 4000 is the number of drive-in (theatres). It can't be amount.

as many what??? B is an incomplete sentence.


Fewer than ... (countable noun) that amount...


Agreed, it should be as many as X.

I would have liked D the number is less than quarter of that amount. But the choice D is missing "of" so it looks awkward

Hence C is the best one
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