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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 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

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26 Jul 2005, 03:37
B. I understand that the drive-ins can be counted. So "fewer" should be used and not "less" or "amount".

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27 Jul 2005, 16:53
msb.mba wrote:
I prefer C over B

amount is used with mass noun not with count nouns. Amount of money...

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27 Jul 2005, 17:22
I think the answer is one of the sentences that has less..because of the number involved..I will go with A
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27 Jul 2005, 18:15
Straight B

My reasons :-

When we deal with countable numbers, use fewer. Less is used an uncountable quantity eg. less water.

Therefore this leaves us with B and C

C is wrong, because of the word "amount". Amount as Ritesh rightly pointed out is an uncountable quantity. eg. amount of water, amount of good will.. etc. Therefore, fewer and amount won't go together.

Therefore B

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28 Jul 2005, 08:53
Straight B

My reasons :-

When we deal with countable numbers, use fewer. Less is used an uncountable quantity eg. less water.

Therefore this leaves us with B and C

C is wrong, because of the word "amount". Amount as Ritesh rightly pointed out is an uncountable quantity. eg. amount of water, amount of good will.. etc. Therefore, fewer and amount won't go together.

Therefore B

Exellent Darth.
I used exactly the same POE strategy.

amount - uncountable item
fewer - countable
less - uncountable

The OA is indeed B.

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