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If I say,

Event-one is true only if Event-two is true.

In above sentence, which event is subject of the sentence and which event is object of the sentence?

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  • There is no object. "True" is an adjectival predicative complement of "be", not object. The answer below is wrong about this and needs correcting.
    – BillJ
    Dec 21, 2021 at 7:17

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Think of this as two sentences (well, clauses, really), each with its own subject and predicate:

  1. Event-one is true

only if

  1. Event-two is true.

"If," here, is a subordinating conjunction. The first clause is independent, standing by itself. The second clause could be independent, but "only if" makes it subordinate to the first part.

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    You say "each with its own subject and object", but there is no object. "Event one" is, of course, subject, but "true" is predicative complement of "be", not object.
    – BillJ
    Dec 21, 2021 at 7:15
  • Thanks, @BillJ, typo corrected. Dec 21, 2021 at 18:41

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