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# When drive-ins were at the height of their popularity in the late 1950

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Still confused between B and C.
Can someone please explain B? ''as many'' is sort of confusing me.

The comparison marker "as many" is equivalent to mathematical operator multiplication.

You have 2 books; I have 5 times as many (books as you have).

It is allowed to omit the repeated part from the second element of 2 compared elements. Hence the part after "as many" is often deleted, since it is already mentioned within the first element of the comparison.

In option B, the complete ending is actually:

...fewer than one-quarter as many (as existed existed in the United States.)

In this expression, following would be the mathematical equivalent:

fewer than : <
one quarter: 1/4
as many: x (multiplication)
as existed in the US (omitted): 4000

Thus the expression means: < 1/4 x 4000

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29 May 2016, 12:35
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When drive-ins were at 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

IMHO (B) for the errors highlighted in red...
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29 May 2016, 13:34

Here it has to be "fewer" since the object is countable (drive-ins), so A, D, E are eliminated.

But, can you please explain me why C is eliminated ?

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29 May 2016, 19:48
Alex75PAris wrote:

Here it has to be "fewer" since the object is countable (drive-ins), so A, D, E are eliminated.

But, can you please explain me why C is eliminated ?

Hi,

C is wrong because of use of 'amount'..
Amount is used to talk of uncountable nouns... example-- amount of water , amount of love etc
and drive-ins are countable
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30 May 2016, 09:37
Alex75PAris wrote:

Here it has to be "fewer" since the object is countable (drive-ins), so A, D, E are eliminated.

But, can you please explain me why C is eliminated ?

http://dictionary.cambridge.org/grammar ... uantity-of

Just go through page 200 of MGMAT SC 5th Edition it will be crystal clear.

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30 May 2016, 11:50
Thanks ! It's clear now

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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.

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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05 Aug 2016, 10:29
Between B and C, never use amount for countable objects. fewer will never intertwine with amount

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12 Aug 2016, 14:43
The comparison is about the number of drive-ins, which is a countable noun. so looking at the answer

A. there are less than one-quarter that many : less is for non-countable
B. there are fewer than one-quarter as many : fewer is correct
C. there are fewer than one-quarter of that amount :fewer is correct, but amount is for non countable
D. the number is less than one-quarter the amount :less is for non countable
E. it is less than one-quarter of that amount : less is for non-countable

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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

B is the answer. I think we are comparing numbers here. some 4,000 existed in the United States in the late 1950's, but today the number is one-quarter of the mentioned number.

Check C by replacing that with number. there are fewer than one-quarter of number amount (doesnt make sense)

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15 Apr 2017, 05:11
hi all,
although i got the answer as B but can someone explain what does as many refers in option B to me it should be of that not as many

kindly explain

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01 Jun 2017, 04:34
Good question! Got it wrong the first time, but finally cleared a lot of concepts.

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hi all,
although i got the answer as B but can someone explain what does as many refers in option B to me it should be of that not as many

kindly explain

Hello nks2611,

The term as many stands for any number used in a sentence in which this phrase has been used.

In Choice B, as many = 4,000 because that is the number that has been used in this official sentence.

The meaning conveyed by Choice B is that now, only a quarter of as many (4000) drive-ins exist in the United States.

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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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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 ===> Usage of "less" is incorrect as the subject "drive-ins" is countable
B. there are fewer than one-quarter as many ==> CORRECT - Usage of "as many" is correct in English and in GMAT
C. there are fewer than one-quarter of that amount ===> Usage of "amount" is incorrect as "amount" is only used for non-countable nouns and "Drive-ins"
is countable

D. the number is less than one-quarter the amount ===> Usage of "less" is incorrect as the subject "drive-ins" is countable
E. it is less than one-quarter of that amount ===> Usage of "less" is incorrect as the subject "drive-ins" is countable

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A. there are less than one-quarter that many Less is wrong as you use less when not countable: 4000 is
B. there are fewer than one-quarter as many fewer is good
C. there are fewer than one-quarter of that amount amount is used for uncountable; number is used for countable
D. the number is less than one-quarter the amount the number is fine, less is wrong and it's countable and amount is wrong
E. it is less than one-quarter of that amount[/quote] it is referring to either 4000 or drive-ins and both are plural. Also, if you replace it with 4000 you get the sentence but today 4000 is less than one quarter of that 4000, which makes no sense. E is also wrong because of less and amount

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03 Sep 2017, 21:55
Hi, I understood that an amount refers to uncountable quantity and so we can eliminate optionsc/d/e. Option a says less than, so we can eliminate a. But my problem with B is according to fanboys rule- comma + but should be a proper independent clause. So, how can B is correct?

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B. Correct usage of "fewer" and correct idiom.
C. correct usage of the work "fewer" since you can say "how many drive-ins" and not "how much drive-ins". However, according to parallelism rules, the usage of "that amount" is incorrect because "amount" implies a number that cannot be counted (review difference between number and amount). In addition, the sentence is wordier than option B, which is already correct.

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