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When drive-ins were at the height of their popularity in the late 1950â€™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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23 Oct 2006, 18:33
Drive-ins are countable. So fewer-number-many
B it is.
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23 Oct 2006, 18:37
one more B. Amount invalidates C, D, E

'less than' in A is wrong.
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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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23 Oct 2006, 18:46
KC wrote:
When drive-ins were at the height of their popularity in the late 1950â€™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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25 Oct 2006, 22:28
amount is uncountable, so only (B) works here. <---- sorry, meant to select B here.

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27 Oct 2006, 11:31
going with B here, disagree that drive-ins aren't countable.

example:

If you canâ€™t count it, use less. If you can count it, use fewer.
â€¢ Cain has less love in his heart than anyone else I know.
â€¢ Cain gives fewer hugs than anyone else I know.
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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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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

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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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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

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When drive-ins were at the height of their popularity in the late 1950â€™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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