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While drive-ins were at the height of their popularity in the late 1950s, 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 few than one-quarter as many
C. there are few than one-quarter of that amount
D. the number is less than one-quarter that amount
E. it is less than one-quarter of that amount
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13 Feb 2005, 07:14
Not too sure.. I will go with (A)..

In (C), (D) and (E), I think usage of amount is wrong.
In (B) and (C), "few than" is wrong. It should be "fewer than"

However, in (A) I am not too sure about the usage of "that many". Please help..
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13 Feb 2005, 07:47
A sounds good.

A. there are less than one-quarter that many. Ok.
B. there are few than one-quarter as many.
C. there are few than one-quarter of that amount
D. the number is less than one-quarter that amount
E. it is less than one-quarter of that amount
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13 Feb 2005, 08:50
I prefer D.

It is the number that is being compared. D calls out the number and uses singular verb properly. In E, 'it' is ambiguous, could refer to United States and 'one-half of that' is correct but half that in D is fine as well.
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14 Feb 2005, 07:42
I think A is the sole one without any grammar flaw.
In D "amount" here refers to a number which is impossible.
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14 Feb 2005, 09:37
B C are definitly out because of the use of "few". D should say "of that amount". I don't like A's "one quarter that many". But "it" in E doesn't have clear reference.

I guess if I have to choose it would be A then.
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14 Feb 2005, 09:41
chunjuwu wrote:
While drive-ins were at the height of their popularity in the late 1950s, 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 that amount
E. it is less than one-quarter of that amount

Sorry, I made a mistake, and I've modify the typo of this question.
And the OA is C. I would appreciate if any explanation.
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14 Feb 2005, 09:47
'one quarter as many' is singular, further it is not 'that' many, i think.
in terms of precedence, subject verb, all other things being equal, gets a higher priority than idiomatic digression, no?.
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14 Feb 2005, 09:54
Yes I would choose C if it is "fewer". It does have "of" before "the amount".
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14 Feb 2005, 22:51
IMO amount cannot be used in the context mentioned
14 Feb 2005, 22:51
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