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    meaning If-part in a sentence

    Hi.
    Could you help me to understand the last sentence in the context, espessially the if-part. I am a bit confused because of a "if-part" not having a verb.
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    Indeed, Berkshire is far more conservative in avoiding risk than most large insurers. For example, if the insurance industry should experience a $250 billion loss from some mega-catastrophe – a loss about triple anything it has ever experienced – Berkshire as a whole would likely record a large profit for the year. Our many streams of non-insurance earnings would see to that. Additionally, we would remain awash in cash and be eager to write business in an insurance market that might well be in disarray. Meanwhile, other major insurers and reinsurers would be swimming in red ink, if not facing insolvency.

    I've bolded the last sentence I am asking about.

    Whether it is an If-clause where verb is implied or it is a kind of addittional information used when you are adding that something may be even more, less, better, worse etc than you have just said?

    Thanks in advance!
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 22-Jun-2017 at 16:59. Reason: Sorted out formatting so text goes all the way across the text box

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    Re: meaning If-part in a sentence

    Other insurers and reinsurers would either be rapidly losing money or preparing to file for bankruptcy.
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    Re: meaning If-part in a sentence

    if [they were] not facing insolvency, they would be swimming in red ink.

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    Re: meaning If-part in a sentence

    It seems as it is not a simply if-clause where condition causes result. Because being insolvent do not causes the being in red ink. Сonversely being in red ink usially ends with being insolvent.
    Choice between bad situation and more bad situation is the best meaning I think.
    Tricky sentence, tricky english!
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    Re: meaning If-part in a sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by andrew495 View Post
    It seems as that it is not a simple if-clause where a condition causes a result. Because Being insolvent does not causes cause the being in red ink. Сonversely, being in red ink usually ends with being insolvent.
    A/The choice between a bad situation and a more bad worse situation is the best meaning, I think.
    Tricky sentence, tricky English!
    Note my corrections above.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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