3. Commas, periods, colons, semi-colons, apostrophes..all punctuations in fact!
4. Adverbials and discourse connectors
5. Conditionals - Unreal, inverted and implied & other ways to express unreality
6. Subjunctive in noun clauses
I'll be adding a whole lot more to that list as the week progresses.
And those are things I used to think I like. Now I've found out they're evil, they consort with witches and demons, they're of the underworld, the darker side of the other side, not the innocent, helpful little friends I once thought they were. Gerunds! who would've thought those harmless-sounding little things could give one a massive headache!
And prepositions?? I'm ashamed to admit that I fear them now. I battled a lone prepostion and lost. Subjugated by a preposition! I'll never live this down.
Language should not be made complicated. We should keep things simple. Let's be happy with any form it takes, just as long we get the message across. Okay, if we were talking Sanskrit, I'd understand. Urdu, Latin, ancient Greek - yeah. But not modern-day English. All those intricacies only takes the beauty out of the language. And I don't want to start hating it.