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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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01 Jul 2009, 09:40

Amount is uncountable : So exclude C,D,E
Between A and B
Less in option A is uncountable
But fewer and many in option B are countable.
So I prefer B although it does nt sound perfect
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01 Jul 2009, 10:07
Yes B-fewer is the clue as "drive-ins" is countable.

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01 Jul 2009, 10:14
B. there are fewer than one-quarter as many(drive ins)
C. there are fewer than one-quarter of that amount

C is wordy
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01 Jul 2009, 10:26
nitya34 wrote:
B. there are fewer than one-quarter as many(drive ins)
C. there are fewer than one-quarter of that amount

C is wordy

But arent we messing up with the right idiom "as many as " in B???
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01 Jul 2009, 10:42
"as many" is the correct idiom.

Moreover, "amount" (C, D ,E) cannot be used for "number" of hotels.
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04 Jul 2009, 06:12
Even OA says C...I would like to place my bet on B ...Thanks everyone....
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04 Jul 2009, 07:31
C IMO. A, D,E are out because they use 'less'. As for B and C, B sounds incomplete. So I chose C, but not sure about '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

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

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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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