As I understand it, an independent clause can make sense without depending on another clause or sentence.
However, in the example I'm looking at, they've stated that these are independent clauses, but they do not appear to be:
Mr. Potato Head eats them for breakfast every day, but I don't see the attraction.
It appears to me that the above sentence is not filled with two independent clauses, because:
- What Mr. Potato Head eats for breakfast (the direct object of eats) is not stated.
- It is not stated who "I" is.
Unless there is another sentence somewhere, before this sentence, these two clauses are not independent ones.
Am I missing something?