I have a friend for whom E is an SL and we just had the most epic discussion on dependent v. independent clauses and I LOVE that you can appreciate that. :)
I do appreciate it.
I think I appreciate it extra right now.
The other day I was doing the dishes and had to stop in the middle because I was irritated about an email I got where someone was basically arguing about what an independent clause is. I stood there with my yellow gloves dripping soap bubbles onto the floor as I ranted at Boyfriend.
Just when I thought that he might not actually be listening but merely nodding along (I do rant a lot, after all…), he said, “You can explain it to him, but you can’t understand it for him.”