I’m reading an article titled The Myth of Main Street by David Opdyke in the New York Times. Below is one sentence from it I have a problem grasping:
And what better symbol of that blight than Main Street?
Is “symbol” the verb here?
As “Main Street” is noun singular, shouldn’t “symbol” be “symbols”?
Symbol is never a verb. The verb would be symbolize.
This type of sentence is called a rhetorical question and the author, for some reason, has left the verb out on purpose:
And what better symbol of that blight than Main Street [is there]? It is a literary-type style. The verb is implied.
The author is actually making the statement: There is no better symbol of that blight than Main Street.
symbol is singular as it refers to all of Main Street, or, everything on Main Street.