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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 19 Sep 2007, 05:37
Since "drive-ins" are countable noun, answers that contain "amount" can't be correct. We should use "less" rather than " fewer" for percentage --> A

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 [#permalink] New post 19 Sep 2007, 05:45
I will go with A as well. Initially I was incline to pick B since I thought fewer is better to compare countable nos. However as one-quarter is a part of the whole it is better to refer to it using less.
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OA is C [#permalink] New post 19 Sep 2007, 07:30
But OA is "C"
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Re: SC: less than [#permalink] New post 19 Sep 2007, 07:35
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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 pick B.

We need 'fewer' than since 1/4th of 4000 is countable.
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Re: SC: less than [#permalink] New post 19 Sep 2007, 07:40
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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 pick B.

We need 'fewer' than since 1/4th of 4000 is countable.


I guess we were all wrong.

Now that I know the OA, I guess we are trying to say that now there are fewer than 1/4th than there were in the 50's. Hence C. In B, the idiom 'than x as y' is incorrect I assume. Any clarifications?
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Re: SC: less than [#permalink] New post 19 Sep 2007, 16:39
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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



This has to be C.

Less is used for uncountable things ex/ water, money. You don't say one water two water three water or one money two money three money etc...

E: it is in the wrong tense.
D: the amount? should be of that amount<-- this is still awkward though.

B. as many... leaves you hanging.

C: of that amount is awkward but fewer is correct and that amount correctly refers back to 4000.
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Re: SC: less than [#permalink] New post 19 Sep 2007, 17:28
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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



This has to be C.

Less is used for uncountable things ex/ water, money. You don't say one water two water three water or one money two money three money etc...

E: it is in the wrong tense.
D: the amount? should be of that amount<-- this is still awkward though.

B. as many... leaves you hanging.

C: of that amount is awkward but fewer is correct and that amount correctly refers back to 4000.


How about A? You didn't mention it at all 8-)

I double-checked by using google to learn about the usage of Amount VS Number. It's clear that "amount" is used for uncountable nouns- nouns that refer to a group rather than distinct individuals.

"Drive-ins" is a countable noun. Thus, we can't use "amount" here.
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Re: SC: less than [#permalink] New post 22 Sep 2007, 10:05
younggun044 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


I was thinking it was B because we use fewer for countable nouns -- I am not too sure about the usage of one quarter as many - though it looks right.

Do we have the OA?
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 [#permalink] New post 22 Sep 2007, 19:25
OA is "C".
But not convinced since "drive-ins" is countabe, so cannot use amount to describe it. Anybody lnows the reason for it? or OA can be wrong.
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 [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2007, 11:30
I had C.

However, I'm not sure. I read this page:

http://www.writing.com/main/books/entry_id/318060

and I'm still confused.

Any more opinions?
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