But the more I played with the idea, the more I thought, What better way to ward Juli off? What better way to say to her, “Juli, you are not my type”?
I read the above sentence in the book FLIPPED. I am not sure why there is no verb in the sentence 'what better way to ward juli off? and 'What better way to say to her'. I think these two are phrases rather than a clause. I believe that they are objects of thought, so is it possible to rewrite it as what is the better way to ward Juli off? What is the better way to say to her?
The only reason that I can think why there is no verb is that because of the parallel construction in English. Is that right?