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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
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13 Oct 2010, 01:50
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Straight B.

Drive Ins are Countable Noun, and only 'Fewer' & 'many' are the countable Modifiers. Both these Modifiers exist in Option B ( Apart from the fact that the remaining options has Non-countable Modifiers )
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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 choose option B over C.
A) "Less" cannot be used here, it is used for uncountables i.e water
D) Which number (number 1 or 2 or 3 or 4..) is less ...
E) "It" is singular and cannot be used here.

Between B and C, i will go with B because of the word "that" in C.

IMO C
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the word amount kills C,D and E
having less rather than fewer, A is out.
click on B, therefore
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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
"less" is used for uncountable subject

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
amount is used only for uncountable subject
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01 Jun 2015, 21:02
@e-gmat experts could you please provide your comments on this.

I think one quarter = 25%. So we should use less instead of fewer.
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B
split bw singular and plural ....eliminates last two options
That amount eliminates C as we are taking abt numbers
as many is correct idiom... so B
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