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When drive-ins were at the height of their popularity in the late 50's , some 4000 existed in the United States, but today 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 of that amount
E. it is less than one quarter of that amount

This is from Sahil's notes. Will you explain please?
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29 Jun 2007, 06:03
"less" is used in case of uncountable. So A, D, E are out.
B is awkward (as many).
my call C.
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29 Jun 2007, 07:05
I think D.

'less' is referring to number here so it should be ok.
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29 Jun 2007, 07:52
vshaunak@gmail.com wrote:
When drive-ins were at the height of their popularity in the late 50's , some 4000 existed in the United States, but today 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 of that amount
E. it is less than one quarter of that amount

This is from Sahil's notes. Will you explain please?

my stab at this.

B is wrong because it is missing a noun. as many (noun)
C fewer than one quarter is wrong. it should be less than one quarter because we are talking about quantities
D seems correct
E it has no clear referent. it could refer to United States or drive-ins
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30 Jun 2007, 09:10
any more takers ?
I expect some more participation before I reveal OA.
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22 Aug 2007, 05:25
vshaunak@gmail.com wrote:
When drive-ins were at the height of their popularity in the late 50's , some 4000 existed in the United States, but today 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 of that amount
E. it is less than one quarter of that amount

This is from Sahil's notes. Will you explain please?

We can easily elliminate C,D and E, besides otther issues, use of 'amount'.

Now A and B. I like the use of 'fewer' in A because driven-ins are countable nouns but B uses 'as' and its use somehow I can not digest.
Even though they say fewer is used for countable nouns but I'm not sure this always applies. For instance:

I have less than 20 bucks in my pocket.
Or
My friend is not as tall as it seems, he is less than 6.1.

So, because A sounds better to my ears. I would go with A.
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22 Aug 2007, 07:21
D

in this choice,less refers to the number...so, i believe it is okay.
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22 Aug 2007, 12:19
I agree that d makes more sense...

It is the "that amount" that confuses things...instead of drive ins we are now dealing with a purely quantitative measure...
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22 Aug 2007, 17:36
The OA is given as C.

Explanation given by Sahil:
Fewer is correct, as highways
are countable (4000/4) =
1000. So, C is the answer.

Is the use of that amount correct in this choice??
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03 Sep 2007, 17:36
According to MGMT SC bible :

Countable Modifiers are - Many
Few / Fewer
Number

Uncountable Modifiers are - Much (patience)
Little / Less
Amount (patience)

Based on this, I'm unable to accept 'C' as the right answer,

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