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# When drive-ins were at the height of their popularity in the

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When drive-ins were at the height of their popularity in the late 1950' some 4,000s,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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B
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D
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26 Aug 2009, 13:23
Since the number of drive-ins are given, fewer should be used instead of less as fewer is a countable noun. So the option will be either B or C. Compared to many & amount, many is more appropriate for countable nouns. So answer is B
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26 Aug 2009, 17:27
since you can't use amount for theaters...amount of theaters is just awkward...
choice will be between a and b, B is better than A...as B uses "as" while A's that doesn't provide much of a comparison...
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26 Aug 2009, 17:37
Here comparison is for number of drive in's, a countable noun, so "amount" in choices C, D and E is wrong. Fewer is better choice than less
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27 Aug 2009, 13:37
I would eliminate A, D and E because it uses less instead of fewer. Since the number of drive-ins can be counted and not measured.

I will go with option B and not C because amount is used to refer quantities that can be incremented infinitesimally and number refers to quantities that can be incremented in integers.
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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 1950' some 4,000s,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

OA is
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B
. Could anyone explain what is wrong with
[Reveal] Spoiler:
D

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