"Let me give you an insider's tip," Mayor Bloomberg said. "My own personal favorite thing to do in this city: At least one morning while you're here, begin the day with a ride on the ferry to Staten Island. Out there in the harbor, you'll glide past the Statue of Liberty, the beacon of freedom that America holds out to people everywhere. It's guaranteed to bring a lump to your throat, because you'll be looking at New York the way generations of new Americans have - as the place to make all your dreams come true."
Q : Is the characteristic of "have" in the sentence an auxiliary verb or just general verb? I think it is a general verb. What do you think?
..gernerations of new Americans have (the way)......
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