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

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When drive-ins were at the height of their popularity in the late 1950s, 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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01 Oct 2006, 03:45
Although amount is natural to be associated with 4000...I will go with C.
B looks unidiomatic. seems it misses 'as' at the end.
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01 Oct 2006, 04:54
I would go with B. 4000 is the number of drive-in (theatres). It can't be amount.
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01 Oct 2006, 07:31
ak_idc wrote:
I would go with B. 4000 is the number of drive-in (theatres). It can't be amount.

as many what??? B is an incomplete sentence.

Fewer than ... (countable noun) that amount...
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01 Oct 2006, 07:54
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ak_idc wrote:
I would go with B. 4000 is the number of drive-in (theatres). It can't be amount.

as many what??? B is an incomplete sentence.

Fewer than ... (countable noun) that amount...

Agreed, it should be as many as X.

I would have liked D the number is less than quarter of that amount. But the choice D is missing "of" so it looks awkward

Hence C is the best one
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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 1950â€™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 think the answer should be B but some people think it should be C..

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