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Kurigrama
Posted: Monday, January 27, 2014 2:51:05 PM
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In no sense mercurial, these great fortunes survived the financial panics that destroyed lesser ones.

What does the bold part mean?

Does the other part mean-\

great fortunes live the financial panics that destroys lesser fortunes.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Monday, January 27, 2014 3:06:17 PM

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Hello Kurigrama.

First - the second part of the sentence.
The verb "to survive" can mean "to live longer than" or "to continue existing after".

"These great fortunes survived the financial panics that destroyed lesser ones." would mean that these large fortunes (the large fortunes already mentioned in an earlier sentence) continued, even after financial panics had destroyed some other fortunes.

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"In no sense mercurial" is a 'reduced relative clause' moved to the start of the sentence.

These sentences are equivalent (and mean the same thing):
"In no sense mercurial, these great fortunes survived the financial panics that destroyed lesser ones."
"These great fortunes, in no sense mercurial, survived the financial panics that destroyed lesser ones."
"These great fortunes, which were in no sense mercurial, survived the financial panics that destroyed lesser ones."
"These great fortunes (which were in no sense mercurial) survived the financial panics that destroyed lesser ones."
"These great fortunes (which were in no way mercurial) survived the financial panics that destroyed lesser ones."
"These great fortunes (which were not, in any way, mercurial) survived the financial panics that destroyed lesser ones."
"These great fortunes (which were not, in any way, changeable and short-lived) continued, even after financial panics had destroyed some other fortunes."



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Abdu Magdy
Posted: Monday, July 24, 2017 6:13:19 PM

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That's very clarifying. Thanks Kurigrama
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Monday, July 24, 2017 6:20:41 PM

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Hi Abdu Magdy!
Welcome to the forum!

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