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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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08 Dec 2005, 09:24
B again.

A: 4,000 drive-ins: countable - less than should be fewer than
C/D/E: amount: incorrect; amount is used for uncountable nouns
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08 Dec 2005, 09:40
we are comparing countable noun.

so we need fewer and many.

B uses that correctly. so B is the answer.
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08 Dec 2005, 11:41
B is best.
When there is a countable noun, fewer needs to be used.
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08 Dec 2005, 14:06
i understand that "fewer" should be used...but why is it B and not C?

at the end of the sentence, why is "as many" better than "of that amount"?

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08 Dec 2005, 14:08
Another B. Use fewer for countable and less for non-countable.
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08 Dec 2005, 18:03
BUT

the idom is "as many as......"

there are fewer than one-quarter as many

Fist, can 'many', be utilized as a pron and referred to the 4,000 mentioned previously ?

sencond, if it could, what does "one-quater as many" mean? and is it a kind of elliptic useage.....

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08 Dec 2005, 18:10
paki wrote:
i understand that "fewer" should be used...but why is it B and not C?

at the end of the sentence, why is "as many" better than "of that amount"?

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paki// Please give us more of your explanation why C is better than B.
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08 Dec 2005, 18:55
gamjatang wrote:
paki wrote:
i understand that "fewer" should be used...but why is it B and not C?

at the end of the sentence, why is "as many" better than "of that amount"?

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paki// Please give us more of your explanation why C is better than B.

i dont know which one is right...i was just trying to ask why "as many" is better than "of that amount"....i understand why fewer is used, just not clear about the ending.. but i'm assuming B is the correct answer?
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08 Dec 2005, 20:15
paki wrote:
gamjatang wrote:
paki wrote:
i understand that "fewer" should be used...but why is it B and not C?

at the end of the sentence, why is "as many" better than "of that amount"?

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paki// Please give us more of your explanation why C is better than B.

i dont know which one is right...i was just trying to ask why "as many" is better than "of that amount"....i understand why fewer is used, just not clear about the ending.. but i'm assuming B is the correct answer?

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08 Dec 2005, 20:31
fewer....many..... countable noun structure

straight (B)
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09 Dec 2005, 09:56
GMATT73 wrote:
fewer....many..... countable noun structure

straight (B)

The word "amount" cannot be used to refer to a countable noun?

My dictionary says as below:

만약에 amount가 복수 가산 명사와 함께 쓰인다면, 그 복수를 한 집단으로 간주한 것이다:We didnâ€™t expect such a large amount of people. 우리는 그토록 많은 사람이 오리라고 기대하지 않았다.

(If "amount" is used with a plural countable noun, the plural noun is considered a single group: (ex) We didn't expect such a large amount of people.)

Sorry again, but I do not have OA nor OE for this question (but the Best answer is not said to be B.)
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09 Dec 2005, 13:56
It should be A.

Though countable noun is used, we must use less when referring to statistical or numerical expressions (Here its 4000)

See this:
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/ ... s.htm#less
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