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It's about learning how to think creatively about those facts, and if you are really good sharing those ideas with other people.

I heard the above sentence. I'm sure it's fine. But how can we have an if clause followed by a gerund phrase?

Do we treat it as an adverbial clause modifying the verb aspect of the gerund phrase 'sharing those ideas...'?

Or is the if clause actually modifying a main clause that has been reduced (it's about sharing those...)?

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It's about if you are really good. (What's it about?)

It's about whether or not you smoke.

Yours is not an "if" clause in the traditional sense.
Hi, Avangi

I think you have misinterpreted the sentence. The if clause is parenthetical. It's about sharing...is the main part.
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Hi English

It's a very awkward sentence at best and you'll do yourself a big favor scraping it.
Hi Emotion: smile

It's not mine. And I actually thought there was little wrong with it. But I heard it spoken, so the intonations may have made it less ambiguous.
I suppose "if" means "whether" in that sentence and the comma seems redundant too.
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I think you have misinterpreted the sentence. Hey, nobody's perfect. - But, could it be you?
(Sharing modifies good - not the other way around.

It's a very awkward sentence at best and you'll do yourself a big favor scraping it.

It sounds perfectly natural to me, albeit a trifle awkward. (They're not mutually exclusive.)
Scraping/scrapping(beats me.) Emotion: thinking

It's about learning how to think creatively about those facts, and if you are really good sharing those ideas with other people.

I think I can see your error: It's about learning . . , and (if you are really good) about sharing . . .
(This is the misinterpretation.)

Your interpretation implies that you may be allowed to share the ideas with others only if you are good.

The correct interpretation is:
It's about X, and [about] if / whether you are really good AT sharing those ideas etc.

Just because the bold section is audibly stressed, we're not obliged to take it as parenthetical.

BTW, I think the comma after "X" is essential for clarity.
AvangiBut, could it be you?

Go to 3.30 on this video. This will clear it up:

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