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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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[quote="ricokevin"]When drive-ins were at the height of their popularity in the late 1950тАЩs, some 4,000 existed in the United States, but today [u]there are less than one-quarter that many[/u].

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

Isn't "amount" used only for uncountable nouns such as "amount of water"? drive-ins in the sentence above is countable, isn't it? And "fewer" is for countables, and "less" is for uncountables...so I picked [color=white]B[/color]. :(

C) for me

I think that the sentence B) is incomplete, it needs to have an end, something like this "...as many as there were in 1950's". The way the sentence is written makes you wonder "..as many" as what?!

The option C) clears this doubt by saying "fewer than one quarter OF THAT AMOUNT" ('that amount' -> 1/4 of 4000). My choice is C).
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24 Apr 2007, 06:11
C for me too it has the correct idiom "quarter of".
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24 Apr 2007, 06:55
[quote="querio"][quote="ricokevin"]When drive-ins were at the height of their popularity in the late 1950тАЩs, some 4,000 existed in the United States, but today [u]there are less than one-quarter that many[/u].

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

Isn't "amount" used only for uncountable nouns such as "amount of water"? drive-ins in the sentence above is countable, isn't it? And "fewer" is for countables, and "less" is for uncountables...so I picked [color=white]B[/color]. :(

C) for me

I think that the sentence B) is incomplete, it needs to have an end, something like this "...as many as there were in 1950's". The way the sentence is written makes you wonder "..as many" as what?!

The option C) clears this doubt by saying "fewer than one quarter OF THAT AMOUNT" ('that amount' -> 1/4 of 4000). My choice is C).[/quote]

I did a bit of research on this forum, and found out some posts discussing this question. You may want to have a look.
http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic ... e+1950%92s
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[quote="querio"][quote="ricokevin"]When drive-ins were at the height of their popularity in the late 1950тАЩs, some 4,000 existed in the United States, but today [u]there are less than one-quarter that many[/u].

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

Isn't "amount" used only for uncountable nouns such as "amount of water"? drive-ins in the sentence above is countable, isn't it? And "fewer" is for countables, and "less" is for uncountables...so I picked [color=white]B[/color]. :(

C) for me

I think that the sentence B) is incomplete, it needs to have an end, something like this "...as many as there were in 1950's". The way the sentence is written makes you wonder "..as many" as what?!

The option C) clears this doubt by saying "fewer than one quarter OF THAT AMOUNT" ('that amount' -> 1/4 of 4000). My choice is C).[/quote]

I did a bit of research on this forum, and found out some posts discussing this question. You may want to have a look.
http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic ... e+1950%92s
http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic ... e+1950%92s
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24 Apr 2007, 17:29
Can anyone reveal the OA? Both the links also did not have conclusive answers.
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Doesn't " that amount" mean singular, which doesn't match with "there are"? So I won't pick C

To me, B makes perfect sense.
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ricokevin wrote:
When drive-ins were at the height of their popularity in the late 1950тАЩs, 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

Isn't "amount" used only for uncountable nouns such as "amount of water"? drive-ins in the sentence above is countable, isn't it? And "fewer" is for countables, and "less" is for uncountables...so I picked B.

Since we are talking about countable objects less and amount cannot be used. So only B is left out. I think B is the correct answer
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24 Apr 2007, 18:53

It seems that we have divided opinions...although many people think that it's B. (which I picked )

The OA however, is C.

I still can't agree with it... "amount" is for uncountables and drive-ins are countable!!!
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I got this on my gmatprep, and the OA is B.

C is wrong because amount is used for non countable. Drive ins are countable.
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23 May 2009, 19:06
Wait there are two OA's now... OMG...

which is right.....reveal the truth...

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I trust my gmat prep.
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18 Feb 2012, 08:40
ricokevin wrote:

It seems that we have divided opinions...although many people think that it's B. (which I picked )

The OA however, is C.

I still can't agree with it... "amount" is for uncountables and drive-ins are countable!!!

I strongly feel B is correct.
Also as per the MGMAT info, the OA is B not C. Have a look at this link:
http://www.manhattangmat.com/forums/whe ... t6550.html
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18 Feb 2012, 19:32
Agree with B.

C does not make sense as amount is used for uncountable nouns.

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18 Feb 2012, 21:24
I wanted to go with B only .But there are fewer than one-quarter as many ..the usage of as many is what is causing the confusion !!
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Just to clarify for anyone wondering, OA is "B" for this. I have it on GMAT prep verified.

Best rule to look at is the countable rule. While "C" sounds better to the ear, the countable rule helps you get "B".

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Countable: many, several, one, two, each, every, a number of, few
Non-Countable: less, amount, much, hardly any, great,

Less and Amount are incorrect usage for countable nouns. Hence, A, C,D,E are wrong.

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ricokevin wrote:
When drive-ins were at the height of their popularity in the late 1950тАЩs, 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

Isn't "amount" used only for uncountable nouns such as "amount of water"? drive-ins in the sentence above is countable, isn't it? And "fewer" is for countables, and "less" is for uncountables...so I picked B.

WOW .. a GMAT prep question and I cant find any good discussions about it anywhere .. can some expert please explain what is wrong with C ?
It would be really helpful if you can give a elaborate theory part which one would need to crack this question. or a page # on manhattan GMAT
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When drive-ins were at the height of their popularity in the late 1950тАЩs, some 4,000 existed in the United States, but today there are less than one-quarter that many.

The amount of restaurants are countable so the correct form is fewer not less, so we can discard A D and E

A. there are less than one-quarter that many
B. there are fewer than one-quarter as many -the correct idiom is "quarter of" not "as" which is illogical
C. there are fewer than one-quarter of that amount- correct
D. the number is less than one-quarter the amount
E. it is less than one-quarter of that amount
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ricokevin wrote:
When drive-ins were at the height of their popularity in the late 1950тАЩs, 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

Isn't "amount" used only for uncountable nouns such as "amount of water"? drive-ins in the sentence above is countable, isn't it? And "fewer" is for countables, and "less" is for uncountables...so I picked B.

Straight (B) we need fewer for countable nouns.
Hence A,D,E, are out right off the bat.
Now, between B and C.
C is wordy.
B is more concise and it is gramatically correct.

Hope it helps
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