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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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 [#permalink] New post 23 Oct 2006, 18:33
Drive-ins are countable. So fewer-number-many
B it is.
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 [#permalink] New post 23 Oct 2006, 18:37
one more B. Amount invalidates C, D, E

'less than' in A is wrong.
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 [#permalink] New post 23 Oct 2006, 18:38
kripalkavi wrote:
Drive-ins are countable. So fewer-number-many
B it is.




Drive -ins are countable. so less , amount words are not proper usage.

B is correct
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Re: SC - Popularity [#permalink] New post 23 Oct 2006, 18:46
KC wrote:
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

B

Use of "amount" rules out C, D and E.

Use of "less than" for the number of shops in A is awkward.

B reads better if you transpose the "today" to the end of the sentence.
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 [#permalink] New post 25 Oct 2006, 22:28
amount is uncountable, so only (B) works here. <---- sorry, meant to select B here.

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 [#permalink] New post 27 Oct 2006, 11:31
going with B here, disagree that drive-ins aren't countable.

example:

If you can’t count it, use less. If you can count it, use fewer.
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• Cain gives fewer hugs than anyone else I know.
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 [#permalink] New post 27 Oct 2006, 12:32
B.
Test of use of fewer vs less than plus the 'amount' bit.

A. there are less than one-quarter that many - COUNTABLE OUT
B. there are fewer than one-quarter as many - OUR ANSWER
C. there are fewer than one-quarter of that amount - use of word 'amount' OUT
D. the number is less than one-quarter the amount - use of word 'amount' OUT
E. it is less than one-quarter of that amount - use of word 'amount' OUT
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 [#permalink] New post 28 Oct 2006, 02:18
Its A. We need to use less with one-quarter.

As per Verbal Workout of Princeton:

fewer - countable noun
less - uncountable noun

BUT

The only time that 'less' is involved with countable objects is when fraction, percent or other numbers involved( Its called Arcane rule)
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