What is the verb in “And what better symbol of that blight than Main Street”? [closed]

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?

  1. Is “symbol” the verb here?

  2. As “Main Street” is noun singular, shouldn’t “symbol” be “symbols”?

full article here

Thank you!

Answer

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.

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