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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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[quote="ricokevin"]When drive-ins were at the height of their popularity in the late 1950тАЩs, some 4,000 existed in the United States, but today [u]there are less than one-quarter that many[/u].

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 [color=white]B[/color]. :(

C) for me

I think that the sentence B) is incomplete, it needs to have an end, something like this "...as many as there were in 1950's". The way the sentence is written makes you wonder "..as many" as what?!

The option C) clears this doubt by saying "fewer than one quarter OF THAT AMOUNT" ('that amount' -> 1/4 of 4000). My choice is C).

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24 Apr 2007, 07:11
C for me too it has the correct idiom "quarter of".

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24 Apr 2007, 07:55
[quote="querio"][quote="ricokevin"]When drive-ins were at the height of their popularity in the late 1950тАЩs, some 4,000 existed in the United States, but today [u]there are less than one-quarter that many[/u].

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 [color=white]B[/color]. :(

C) for me

I think that the sentence B) is incomplete, it needs to have an end, something like this "...as many as there were in 1950's". The way the sentence is written makes you wonder "..as many" as what?!

The option C) clears this doubt by saying "fewer than one quarter OF THAT AMOUNT" ('that amount' -> 1/4 of 4000). My choice is C).[/quote]

I did a bit of research on this forum, and found out some posts discussing this question. You may want to have a look.
http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic ... e+1950%92s

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[quote="querio"][quote="ricokevin"]When drive-ins were at the height of their popularity in the late 1950тАЩs, some 4,000 existed in the United States, but today [u]there are less than one-quarter that many[/u].

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 [color=white]B[/color]. :(

C) for me

I think that the sentence B) is incomplete, it needs to have an end, something like this "...as many as there were in 1950's". The way the sentence is written makes you wonder "..as many" as what?!

The option C) clears this doubt by saying "fewer than one quarter OF THAT AMOUNT" ('that amount' -> 1/4 of 4000). My choice is C).[/quote]

I did a bit of research on this forum, and found out some posts discussing this question. You may want to have a look.
http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic ... e+1950%92s
http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic ... e+1950%92s

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24 Apr 2007, 18:29
Can anyone reveal the OA? Both the links also did not have conclusive answers.

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Doesn't " that amount" mean singular, which doesn't match with "there are"? So I won't pick C

To me, B makes perfect sense.

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ricokevin wrote:
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.

Since we are talking about countable objects less and amount cannot be used. So only B is left out. I think B is the correct answer

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It seems that we have divided opinions...although many people think that it's B. (which I picked )

The OA however, is C.

I still can't agree with it... "amount" is for uncountables and drive-ins are countable!!!

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I got this on my gmatprep, and the OA is B.

C is wrong because amount is used for non countable. Drive ins are countable.

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23 May 2009, 20:06
Wait there are two OA's now... OMG...

which is right.....reveal the truth...

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I trust my gmat prep.

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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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Straight B.

Drive Ins are Countable Noun, and only 'Fewer' & 'many' are the countable Modifiers. Both these Modifiers exist in Option B ( Apart from the fact that the remaining options has Non-countable Modifiers )
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13 Oct 2010, 03:33
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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

I choose option B over C.
A) "Less" cannot be used here, it is used for uncountables i.e water
D) Which number (number 1 or 2 or 3 or 4..) is less ...
E) "It" is singular and cannot be used here.

Between B and C, i will go with B because of the word "that" in C.

IMO C

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the word amount kills C,D and E
having less rather than fewer, A is out.
click on B, therefore

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ricokevin wrote:

It seems that we have divided opinions...although many people think that it's B. (which I picked )

The OA however, is C.

I still can't agree with it... "amount" is for uncountables and drive-ins are countable!!!

I strongly feel B is correct.
Also as per the MGMAT info, the OA is B not C. Have a look at this link:
http://www.manhattangmat.com/forums/whe ... t6550.html
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18 Feb 2012, 20:32
Agree with B.

C does not make sense as amount is used for uncountable nouns.

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18 Feb 2012, 22:24
I wanted to go with B only .But there are fewer than one-quarter as many ..the usage of as many is what is causing the confusion !!
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Just to clarify for anyone wondering, OA is "B" for this. I have it on GMAT prep verified.

Best rule to look at is the countable rule. While "C" sounds better to the ear, the countable rule helps you get "B".

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