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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 Aug 2009, 00:01
A/D/E - OUT
"drive-in" is a countable noun ( 4,000 existed ...). "Less" is inappropriate. "Fewer" should be used.
"Fewer" is a quantifier that is used for countable nouns (nouns that can be counted for example books...1 book, 2 book, 3 book).
Moreover, in E, it has no clear referent (number of drive-ins or drive-ins).

B - OUT
we use as... as...for comparisons to be complete.
"amount" is a quantifier that is used for non-countable nouns. It means "how much of something is available"

C - WINS.
"that" refers back to 4000.

The answer is incorrect. I suppose it is a Gprep question with incorrect answer.

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01 Aug 2009, 01:48
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A/D/E - OUT
"drive-in" is a countable noun ( 4,000 existed ...). "Less" is inappropriate. "Fewer" should be used.
"Fewer" is a quantifier that is used for countable nouns (nouns that can be counted for example books...1 book, 2 book, 3 book).
Moreover, in E, it has no clear referent (number of drive-ins or drive-ins).

B - OUT
we use as... as...for comparisons to be complete.
"amount" is a quantifier that is used for non-countable nouns. It means "how much of something is available"

C - WINS.
"that" refers back to 4000.

The answer is incorrect. I suppose it is a Gprep question with incorrect answer.

HTH.

Can you explain, then how 'amount' is correct in C?

IMO B

1) fewer is correct
2) amount is incorrect

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drive-ins can be counted, so we refer to the as "the number", not "the amount". I also think B
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01 Aug 2009, 02:29
Absolutly!how is amount right?Someone please clarify!
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Can someone explain B and C. Thanks!
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Can someone explain B and C. Thanks!

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.

B. there are fewer than one-quarter as many
C. there are fewer than one-quarter of that amount

drive-ins: countable

amount is used for non countable hence wrong.

option C: there are fewer than one-quarter as many(drive-ins as there were at the height of their popularity in the late 1950s)
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Yeah I also think C is not correct. But it seems this is a GMATPrep question. Can OAs be incorrect? I am very puzzled. Can someone please shed some light.
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Yeah I also think C is not correct. But it seems this is a GMATPrep question. Can OAs be incorrect? I am very puzzled. Can someone please shed some light.

Well,probably the question is from Prep, but the way to get this is illegal, you know what I mean? "amount" is totally incorrect for countable noun.
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OA is B - just did this question in GMAT prep practice test
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