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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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19 Sep 2007, 06:37
Since "drive-ins" are countable noun, answers that contain "amount" can't be correct. We should use "less" rather than " fewer" for percentage --> A

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19 Sep 2007, 06:45
I will go with A as well. Initially I was incline to pick B since I thought fewer is better to compare countable nos. However as one-quarter is a part of the whole it is better to refer to it using less.
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19 Sep 2007, 08:30
But OA is "C"

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19 Sep 2007, 08:35
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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 pick B.

We need 'fewer' than since 1/4th of 4000 is countable.

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19 Sep 2007, 08:40
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younggun044 wrote:
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 pick B.

We need 'fewer' than since 1/4th of 4000 is countable.

I guess we were all wrong.

Now that I know the OA, I guess we are trying to say that now there are fewer than 1/4th than there were in the 50's. Hence C. In B, the idiom 'than x as y' is incorrect I assume. Any clarifications?

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19 Sep 2007, 17:39
younggun044 wrote:
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

This has to be C.

Less is used for uncountable things ex/ water, money. You don't say one water two water three water or one money two money three money etc...

E: it is in the wrong tense.
D: the amount? should be of that amount<-- this is still awkward though.

B. as many... leaves you hanging.

C: of that amount is awkward but fewer is correct and that amount correctly refers back to 4000.

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19 Sep 2007, 18:28
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younggun044 wrote:
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

This has to be C.

Less is used for uncountable things ex/ water, money. You don't say one water two water three water or one money two money three money etc...

E: it is in the wrong tense.
D: the amount? should be of that amount<-- this is still awkward though.

B. as many... leaves you hanging.

C: of that amount is awkward but fewer is correct and that amount correctly refers back to 4000.

How about A? You didn't mention it at all

I double-checked by using google to learn about the usage of Amount VS Number. It's clear that "amount" is used for uncountable nouns- nouns that refer to a group rather than distinct individuals.

"Drive-ins" is a countable noun. Thus, we can't use "amount" here.

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22 Sep 2007, 11:05
younggun044 wrote:
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 was thinking it was B because we use fewer for countable nouns -- I am not too sure about the usage of one quarter as many - though it looks right.

Do we have the OA?

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22 Sep 2007, 20:25
OA is "C".
But not convinced since "drive-ins" is countabe, so cannot use amount to describe it. Anybody lnows the reason for it? or OA can be wrong.

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23 Sep 2007, 12:30

http://www.writing.com/main/books/entry_id/318060

and I'm still confused.

Any more opinions?

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27 Jul 2016, 00:50
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

There are two very easy decision point here to take into consideration.
4000 is a number, (the number of some object - in this case the number of drive-in)
Number is countable. We use few for countable objects.
Number is countable. We cannot use "less" and "amount" for countable objects. "Amount" is used for uncountable nouns.

A. there are less than one-quarter that many :-
Wrong :-Less is incorrect

B. there are fewer than one-quarter as many. Correct.
Correct:- Avoids using less and amount.

C. there are fewer than one-quarter of that amount.
Wrong:- Fewer is correct but amount is wrong

D. the number is less than one-quarter the amount.
Wrong:- less and amount are both wrong

E. it is less than one-quarter of that amount.
Wrong:-less and amount are both wrong

younggun044 wrote:
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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