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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?

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HelpMe said:
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.

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HelpMe said:
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).

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