Results 1 to 3 of 3

Thread: Two Questions

  1. #1
    Anonymous Guest

    Two Questions

    First, in the next sentence,

    People unually wear (clothing) (because of) two (basic) purpose - (warmth) and decoragion.

    What is wrong in this sentence? Some say 'because of' is wrong. I should use 'because for' instead. So I thought the original sentence should be like "....because it is for two purpose...." But, I think 'because of' is possible.

    Second is,

    History sometimes effects a kind of reverse perspective in one's perception of the past : ___________ the farther away they get.

    a) events appear more significant
    b) the more events appear significant

    I thought this is the comparative, the comparative sentence, so I chose B as the correct answer. But the answer was A. Why is that?

    Thanks for your time...

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Posts
    12,970
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: Two Questions

    Quote Originally Posted by HelpMe
    First, in the next sentence,

    People unually wear (clothing) (because of) two (basic) purpose - (warmth) and decoragion.

    What is wrong in this sentence? Some say 'because of' is wrong. I should use 'because for' instead. So I thought the original sentence should be like "....because it is for two purpose...." But, I think 'because of' is possible.
    for the purpose is a set phrase, like this,

    Question: For what purpose do people usually wear clothes?
    Answer: For purposes of warmth and decoration.

    becuase of is also a set phrase, like this,

    Question: Why do people usually wear clothes?
    Answer: Because of warmth and decoration.

    We can't mixed the two together like this,

    People usually wear clothes because of two basic purposes: warmth and decoration. (ungrammatical: "because of" should be "for two basic purposes".

    People usually wear clothes for two basic purposes: warmth and decoration. (grammatical) :D

    I'll let someone else help with No.2.

    All the best,

  3. #3
    RonBee's Avatar
    RonBee is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Posts
    16,570
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: Two Questions

    Quote Originally Posted by HelpMe

    Second is,

    History sometimes effects a kind of reverse perspective in one's perception of the past : ___________ the farther away they get.

    a) events appear more significant
    b) the more events appear significant

    I thought this is the comparative, the comparative sentence, so I chose B as the correct answer. But the answer was A. Why is that?
    In the first one (a) it says that events seem to acquire greater significance (greater meaning or importance) as time goes by. In the second one (b) "more evenrts" seems to mean "additional events", and to say that additional events appear significant with the passage of time doesn't make sense in that context (if it makes sense at all).

    :)

Similar Threads

  1. A newbie with usage questions
    By Francois in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 30-Jan-2007, 11:41
  2. questions - have to/must, article, mistakes
    By Lenka in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 25-Sep-2004, 08:32
  3. questions from "Friends" script
    By welldone in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 41
    Last Post: 03-Jul-2004, 20:32
  4. Answering questions
    By dduck in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 07-Sep-2003, 00:57

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •