In high school, the teacher told me that because is used to answer “why” question, as below:
youare you using my shoes?
- I am using your shoes because I like them.
However, the use of of after because looks like it changes the meaning to something completely different:
The sun hid its light because of the eclipse
How can I distinguish where I should use just a plain because without any of following it from where I should use the full because of phrase?