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When drive-ins were at the height of their popularity in the late 50's , some 4000 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 of that amount
E. it is less than one quarter of that amount

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16 Jun 2007, 09:26
One would say "you have less sand" but "you have fewer dollars".

Fewer is countable, so here we are talking about Drive-ins so I would pick C! You can eliminate 3 or 5 right away.

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16 Jun 2007, 10:05
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 of that amount
E. it is less than one quarter of that amount

C, D & E - Eliminate - Use of "amount"
A - Eliminate - Does not show the comparison.

B - Gives the comparison by use of "fewer".

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16 Jun 2007, 10:14
I would also go for b ,less and amount signify uncountable.
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16 Jun 2007, 20:33
key words are "many" and "fewer"

Answer is B, amount cannot be use for something that is integer i.e count of numbers.
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17 Jun 2007, 04:53
I also chose B,but the OA is given as C.
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26 Jul 2016, 23:48
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

There are two very easy decision point here to take into consideration.
4000 is a number, (the number of some object - in this case the number of drive-in)
Number is countable. We use few for countable objects.
Number is countable. We cannot use "less" and "amount" for countable objects. "Amount" is used for uncountable nouns.

A. there are less than one-quarter that many :-
Wrong :-Less is incorrect

B. there are fewer than one-quarter as many. Correct.
Correct:- Avoids using less and amount.

C. there are fewer than one-quarter of that amount.
Wrong:- Fewer is correct but amount is wrong

D. the number is less than one-quarter the amount.
Wrong:- less and amount are both wrong

E. it is less than one-quarter of that amount.
Wrong:-less and amount are both wrong

vineetgupta wrote:
When drive-ins were at the
height of their popularity in the
late 50's , some 4000 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 of that amount
E. it is less than one quarter of
that amount

Give reasons for ur choices...

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