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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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Re: SC:drive-ins [#permalink] New post 03 May 2009, 12:31
I think we use "fewer" here, will go with C
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Re: SC:drive-ins [#permalink] New post 03 May 2009, 12:42
We are talking about the countable entities here.
I am not clear how come fewer ......that amount is correct usage.

OA is indeed C
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Re: SC:drive-ins [#permalink] New post 04 May 2009, 08:49
Use "Fewer" when the quantity you are comparing is countable. Use less for non countable comparisons....So fewer will be the right one to use....B is not having complete meaning...So C is the best choice.....
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Re: SC:drive-ins [#permalink] New post 04 May 2009, 10:10
what is the source?

All options look wrong to me.

in C ) you can't use amount for countable noun.

in B) "as many" --> is also not complete sentence.


If the source is Sc 1000, I don't worry much about this question and go on with other question.
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Re: SC:drive-ins [#permalink] New post 04 May 2009, 10:21
can you please tell me to which countable noun is "amount" referring to in C???
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Re: SC:drive-ins [#permalink] New post 04 May 2009, 10:40
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can you please tell me to which countable noun is "amount" referring to in C???



there are fewer than one-quarter of that <amount>
that amount --> 4000 drive-ins

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Sentence would have been correct if you replace "amount" with "number"
there are fewer than one-quarter of that <number>

that number --> 4000 drive-ins
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Re: SC:drive-ins [#permalink] New post 04 May 2009, 23:14
Agree with x2suresh. amolsk, can you please check if there is no typo in the question?
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Re: SC:drive-ins [#permalink] New post 04 May 2009, 23:44
x2suresh wrote:
what is the source?

All options look wrong to me.

in C ) you can't use amount for countable noun.

in B) "as many" --> is also not complete sentence.


If the source is Sc 1000, I don't worry much about this question and go on with other question.


makes sense, but do you have a reference? Couldnt find anything in my notes, but yet I remember reading fewer/less/many somewhere
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Re: SC:drive-ins [#permalink] New post 05 May 2009, 07:03
Dude....Amount if not referring to 4000
Rather it is referring to one quarter of 4000

I accept that it would have been wrong if if quarter was not there...But in this case, its correct....




x2suresh wrote:
trainspotting wrote:
can you please tell me to which countable noun is "amount" referring to in C???



there are fewer than one-quarter of that <amount>
that amount --> 4000 drive-ins

IMO,
Sentence would have been correct if you replace "amount" with "number"
there are fewer than one-quarter of that <number>

that number --> 4000 drive-ins

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