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Concert Organizers

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Directions
This question presents a sentence, part of which or all of which is underlined. Beneath the sentence, you will find five ways of phrasing the underlined part. The first of these repeats the original; the other four are different. If you think the original is best, choose the first answer; otherwise, choose one of the others.

The organizers were surprised that there was less than 800 people at the concert, but was pleased at the merchandise sales nonetheless.

A

was less than 800 people at the concert, but was pleased

B

was less than 800 people at the concert, but were pleased

C

were less than 800 people at the concert, but was pleased

D

were fewer than 800 people at the concert, but were pleased

E

was fewer than 800 people at the concert, but were pleased