In this CNN report starting at 2:58, a British reporter says:
Trump is so deeply unpopular that her sort of gilded way of smiling in his presence, never really causing a standoff, and managing to perhaps keep the whole thing afloat. The special relationship is vital to so many Britons here frankly.
If the above transcript is correct, what is the main verb of the that-clause?
...that her sort of gilded way of smiling in his presence, never really causing a standoff, and managing to perhaps keep the whole thing afloat.
If there's anything wrong with the transcript, please let me know.
I don't understand what @JeremyC means "there is no verb in the that clause". There ARE at least four verbs in the that-clause: smiling, causing, managing, and keep.
The question is whether any one of these verbs is acting as a main verb. Clearly, smiling is not, because the VP smiling in his presence is a complement of the preposition of. Neither is keep, because the VP to perhaps keep the whole thing afloat is a complement of the verb managing.
Then, the question boils down to whether the verbs causing and managing are acting as the main verbs of the that-clause, or whether the two verbs are also complements of the preposition of as well.
So, which is it going to be?