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Countable: many, several, one, two, each, every, a number of, few
Non-Countable: less, amount, much, hardly any, great,

Less and Amount are incorrect usage for countable nouns. Hence, A, C,D,E are wrong.

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When drive-ins were at the height of their popularity in the late 1950тАЩs, 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

Isn't "amount" used only for uncountable nouns such as "amount of water"? drive-ins in the sentence above is countable, isn't it? And "fewer" is for countables, and "less" is for uncountables...so I picked B. :(

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WOW .. a GMAT prep question and I cant find any good discussions about it anywhere .. can some expert please explain what is wrong with C ?
It would be really helpful if you can give a elaborate theory part which one would need to crack this question. or a page # on manhattan GMAT
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When drive-ins were at the height of their popularity in the late 1950тАЩs, some 4,000 existed in the United States, but today there are less than one-quarter that many.

The amount of restaurants are countable so the correct form is fewer not less, so we can discard A D and E

A. there are less than one-quarter that many
B. there are fewer than one-quarter as many -the correct idiom is "quarter of" not "as" which is illogical
C. there are fewer than one-quarter of that amount- correct
D. the number is less than one-quarter the amount
E. it is less than one-quarter of that amount

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When drive-ins were at the height of their popularity in the late 1950тАЩs, 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

Isn't "amount" used only for uncountable nouns such as "amount of water"? drive-ins in the sentence above is countable, isn't it? And "fewer" is for countables, and "less" is for uncountables...so I picked B. :(

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Straight (B) we need fewer for countable nouns.
Hence A,D,E, are out right off the bat.
Now, between B and C.
C is wordy.
B is more concise and it is gramatically correct.

Hence answer is (B)
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Its a straight B. I don't see any relation between drive-ins and amount?

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When drive-ins were at the height of their popularity in the late 1950тАЩs, 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


This one can actually be an easy one if you know what to look for. This sentence correction problem tests your knowledge of when to use AMOUNT and LESS/FEWER.

These are the key principles you need to know to get the right answer

[*]AMOUNT - only used to describe objects that CAN'T be counted. For example: Bravery, charisma, and water
[*]NUMBER - used to describe objects that CAN be counted. For example: Cars in the parking lot, puppies in the pound, and zits on my pubescent face

[*]LESS - used to describe objects that can't be counted
[*]FEWER - used to describe objects that can be counted

A weird tip I use is to remember is reciting in my head "There is less air," after all you would never say "There is fewer air."

Now with that out of the way, lets proceed to break this bad boy down.

A. there are less than one-quarter that many

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.


A. there are less than one-quarter that many
Immediately you should know A is wrong. "Drive-ins" are countable and thus should use the word "fewer"


B. there are fewer than one-quarter as many



C. there are fewer than one-quarter of that amount
"Drive-in" is countable and thus should use the word "number" instead, not amount.

D. the number is less than one-quarter the amount
Same as C. We also should not use "less"

E. it is less than one-quarter of that amount
Same as D.

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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.

A. there are less than one-quarter that many
"less" is used for uncountable subject

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
amount is used only for uncountable subject

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When drive-ins were at the height of their popularity in the late 1950тАЩs, 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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Very very simple

Just notice one thing. 4000- is a number not the quantity. So, "fewer" is acceptable not "less"

Between B and C- C is out because it says "amount" at the end of the sentence. Number can't be amount.

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@e-gmat experts could you please provide your comments on this.

I think one quarter = 25%. So we should use less instead of fewer.

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B
split bw singular and plural ....eliminates last two options
That amount eliminates C as we are taking abt numbers
as many is correct idiom... so B
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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.

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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Nice question. but strongly suspect whether this can be a 700 level question.

At the first look, three options are out of the way already. Between B and C. Again C is out because Amount cannot modify countable nouns.


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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.

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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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.

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


C, D, E: amount cannot be used for countable nouns
A: 'less' cannot be used for countable nouns

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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[u] there are less than one-quarter that many.


Less - Used for Countable Nouns
Fewer - Used for Non Countable Nouns


Amount - Used for Non Countable Nouns
Number - Used for Countable Nouns


Meanng of sentence -

Late 1950's = 4000 drive-ins

Now = Less than 1000 drive-ins ( This can be any number less than 1000 - 999 ,998 , 997 ........... 1) {We are not specific about the number of drive-ins which exists now however if efforts are taken we can count it.}

A. there are less than one-quarter that many - Incorrect

B. there are fewer than one-quarter as many - Correct

C. there are fewer than one-quarter of that amount - Incorrect

D. the number is less than one-quarter the amount - Incorrect

E. it is less than one-quarter of that amount - Incorrect

Hence IMHO (B) looks good !!
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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.

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

One point o confusion which may arise sometime is

one-quarter of X , 10% of X, etc.
here sometimes , you start thinking the we are to choose between less/few on basis of one-quarter/10% which are non countable.
but it s always about X.

here drive-ins are countable - hence Fewer -- options A, D,E are out

amount is used for non countable thing - hence C is out

correct B

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When drive-ins were at the height of their popularity in the late 1950тАЩs, 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

Isn't "amount" used only for uncountable nouns such as "amount of water"? drive-ins in the sentence above is countable, isn't it? And "fewer" is for countables, and "less" is for uncountables...so I picked B. :(

Please explain.


This was tricky.
Since, it's a number, we need fewer. A and E are out. (uses less with many, but less is for amount.)
B - fewer than ---as many - wrong. Requires 'of' that amount.
Similarly, D is out.
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Still confused between B and C.
Can someone please explain B? ''as many'' is sort of confusing me.

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