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Unlike elite runners, whose times are calculated from the starter's pistol to the finish line, marathon times are calculated using a computer chip attached to each competitor's shoe.

A) Unlike elite runners, whose times are calculated from the starter's pistol to the finish line,
B) Besides elite runners, whose times are calculated from the starter's pistol to the finish line,
C) With the exception of elite runners, times for whom are calculated from the starter's pistol to the finish line,
D) Unless the runner is elite, in which case the time is calculated from the starter's pistol to the finish line,
E) With the exception being elite runners, whose times are calculated from the starter's pistol to the finish line,

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Unlike elite runners, whose times are calculated from the starter's pistol to the finish line, marathon times are calculated using a computer chip attached to each competitor's shoe.
A) Unlike elite runners, whose times are calculated from the starter's pistol to the finish line,
B) Besides elite runners, whose times are calculated from the starter's pistol to the finish line,
C) With the exception of elite runners, times for whom are calculated from the starter's pistol to the finish line,
D) Unless the runner is elite, in which case the time is calculated from the starter's pistol to the finish line,
E) With the exception being elite runners, whose times are calculated from the starter's pistol to the finish line,

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Hi Mike, Can u kindly tell, what are errors in incorrect options.

The part of the sentence beyond the underlined section begins with "marathon times" ----- any comparison is illogical here, because we are not comparing something else to "marathon times."

(A) Unlike elite runner ... marathon times = illogical
(B) Besides elite runners ... marathon times = illogical
The "besides" literally means on the side of something --- it is used metaphorically to separate one member from a group of similar members "Besides Harding and Ford, all 20th century US Presidents served at least one full term.", "Besides Technetium and Promethium, the first 83 elements all have stable isotopes", etc.

(C) & (E) both have passive structure ---- (E) in particular is a wordy monstrosity. Both also contain an illogical construction --- the construction, With the exception of A, B ... B has to be a category or group that includes A ---- if we drop the intervening relative clause, we get
(C) With the exception of elite runners, ..... marathon times ...
(E) With the exception being elite runners, ..... marathon times ...
Again, the sentence compares "elite runner" to "marathon times", an illogical comparison.

(D) has an active structure that is efficient, direct, and powerful. Of the five answers, it's the only that completely avoids an illogical comparison. That's why it's the best.

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Unlike elite runners, whose times are calculated from the starter's pistol to the finish line, marathon times are calculated using a computer chip attached to each competitor's shoe.

A) Unlike elite runners, whose times are calculated from the starter's pistol to the finish line,
B) Besides elite runners, whose times are calculated from the starter's pistol to the finish line,
C) With the exception of elite runners, times for whom are calculated from the starter's pistol to the finish line,
D) Unless the runner is elite, in which case the time is calculated from the starter's pistol to the finish line,
E) With the exception being elite runners, whose times are calculated from the starter's pistol to the finish line,

Not sure why
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A direct comparsion has to be made between times, reason being that "marathon times" follows the underlined part.
A, B and E are straightaway eliminated in that they are comparing runners with times. Illogical and disastrous.
C goes beyond all this stuff and considers the "runners" "times".
D makes the right comparison, comparing the two times. D says that till the moment the runner is elite, marathon times are calculated.

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