Now, restricting myself to 5 tips or tricks to offer anyone in any form is a challenge. What could I offer?
Maybe 5 creative applications of the Present Perfect, but who the hell is interested in that? Possibly 5 uses of the Past Perfect when the Past Simple would have sufficed for many? How about the correct use of the humble comma in 5 easy lessons? The surprisingly frequent use of the schwa in every 5th word in the English language? I think not. The seven forms of phrasal verbs? Oops. That’s more than 5, so ignore. 5 ways to use an em dash when you thought a semi colon would do? A list of 5 currently fashionable discourse markers and how to abuse them? 5 reasons to use single quotation marks instead of the traditional 66-99 style?
Anyway, my point got lost in my wandering, which I’m sure you’re all used to by now. I hereby intend to re-format internet search and forge ahead in making ‘5 Tips and Tricks’ a top ten search phrase. I want quality, not quantity.
Boy, the red wine is good this evening.