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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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Re: Drive ins [#permalink] New post 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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Re: Drive ins [#permalink] New post 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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Re: Drive ins [#permalink] New post 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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Re: Drive ins [#permalink] New post 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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