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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: DiveIns [#permalink] New post 01 Jul 2009, 08:40
My answer is option B

Amount is uncountable : So exclude C,D,E
Between A and B
Less in option A is uncountable
But fewer and many in option B are countable.
So I prefer B although it does nt sound perfect
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Re: DiveIns [#permalink] New post 01 Jul 2009, 09:07
Yes B-fewer is the clue as "drive-ins" is countable.

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Re: DiveIns [#permalink] New post 01 Jul 2009, 09:14
B. there are fewer than one-quarter as many(drive ins)
C. there are fewer than one-quarter of that amount

C is wordy
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Re: DiveIns [#permalink] New post 01 Jul 2009, 09:26
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B. there are fewer than one-quarter as many(drive ins)
C. there are fewer than one-quarter of that amount

C is wordy


But arent we messing up with the right idiom "as many as " in B???
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Re: DiveIns [#permalink] New post 01 Jul 2009, 09:42
"as many" is the correct idiom.

Moreover, "amount" (C, D ,E) cannot be used for "number" of hotels.
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Re: DiveIns [#permalink] New post 04 Jul 2009, 05:12
Even OA says C...I would like to place my bet on B ...Thanks everyone....
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Re: DiveIns [#permalink] New post 04 Jul 2009, 06:31
C IMO. A, D,E are out because they use 'less'. As for B and C, B sounds incomplete. So I chose C, but not sure about 'amount'
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