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12 Sep 2004, 22:27
c.

I think "that" is needed to refer to the 4000 theaters.
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13 Sep 2004, 00:53
Definitly B, as few is preferred over less (uncountable) and than aptly put brings out the comparison.
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02 Dec 2004, 20:24
Should it not be E?

I thought we were supposed to use "less" with fractions, decimals & percentage...
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02 Dec 2004, 21:03
Why not D
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03 Dec 2004, 05:56
B for me.

We cant use 'amount ' for people... incorrect usage.

Thats leaves A and B.. A is very wierd. So i'll go with B.
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03 Dec 2004, 06:23
ruhi160184 wrote:
B for me.

We cant use 'amount ' for people... incorrect usage.

Thats leaves A and B.. A is very wierd. So i'll go with B.

The reference is to the number of drive ins in the country not to people.
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03 Dec 2004, 06:31
THe question seems quite tricky to me.

'less' should be used for non-countable things and 'fewer' for countable. While searching for correct usage of 'less' 'fewer' i came across this link/

[url]http://www.uhv.edu/ac/student/writing/grammartip102604.html[/url]

this rules out choices A, D and E.

However, at the same time the: Amount relates to a quantity of things that are measured in bulk. Number relates to things that can be counted individually

so this rules out choices C, D and E.

leaving me with B. However i am not very convinced with choice B also, because the idiom 'as many' is incorrect, the correct idion shoud be 'as many as' .

SO i am left with no choice...

Can some gurus (Paul, Anand, venksune) throw some more light on it...?
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03 Dec 2004, 07:33
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THe question seems quite tricky to me.

'less' should be used for non-countable things and 'fewer' for countable. While searching for correct usage of 'less' 'fewer' i came across this link/

http://www.uhv.edu/ac/student/writing/grammartip102604.html

this rules out choices A, D and E.

However, at the same time the: Amount relates to a quantity of things that are measured in bulk. Number relates to things that can be counted individually

so this rules out choices C, D and E.

leaving me with B. However i am not very convinced with choice B also, because the idiom 'as many' is incorrect, the correct idion shoud be 'as many as' .

SO i am left with no choice...

Can some gurus (Paul, Anand, venksune) throw some more light on it...?

I would go with C. Unless there is a typo in other answer choices.

I agree with you on the usage of less & fewer. However amount can be used to indicate numbers. Please see the explanations from the dictionary

Amount:
n.
The total of two or more quantities; the aggregate.
A number; a sum.
A principal plus its interest, as in a loan.
The full effect or meaning; import.
Quantity: a great amount of intelligence.

intr.v. aÂ·mountÂ·ed, aÂ·mountÂ·ing, aÂ·mounts
To add up in number or quantity: The purchases amounted to 50 dollars.
To add up in import or effect: That plan will never amount to anything.
To be equivalent or tantamount: accusations that amount to an indictment.
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03 Dec 2004, 08:11
I will go with â€˜Bâ€™
Since we are referring to countable nouns â€“ we would have to go with â€˜fewer thanâ€™, so we can eliminate â€˜Aâ€™, â€˜Dâ€™ & â€˜Eâ€™.
Between â€˜Bâ€™ & â€˜Câ€™, â€˜Câ€™ uses â€˜amountâ€™ which is used only for non-countable nouns whereas â€˜Bâ€™ correctly uses â€˜as manyâ€™.
On the whole I am not sure if â€˜Bâ€™ brings out the correct meaning of the sentence, but if this question is to test the usage of words used for countable/non-countable nouns â€˜Bâ€™ makes the most sense.
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03 Dec 2004, 10:17
gayathri wrote:
ruhi160184 wrote:
B for me.

We cant use 'amount ' for people... incorrect usage.

Thats leaves A and B.. A is very wierd. So i'll go with B.

The reference is to the number of drive ins in the country not to people.

Sorry, what I meant is - 'amount' is used 'things' which cant be counted. Since the number of drive- inns can be counted (its given that it was around 4000), 'amount' is improper...

"Amount of drive- inns " is wrong English.
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03 Dec 2004, 16:18
I don't think you can eliminate D & E because of uncountable noun reason.
I remember reading somewhere that you can use "less" when using terms like "one-quarter" of a countable noun.

However, I don't like using ther word 'amount' for the number of drive-ins.

I am between B and D.

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03 Dec 2004, 22:32
Hi I wil opt for B.

But has somebody noted that this post id 3 months old .

No OA has been posted.

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04 Dec 2004, 00:56
yes, you are right!! dint notice that
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