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LCouperin
Posted: Monday, January 30, 2012 1:02:45 PM

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In the sentence, "This key is the Dominant of A-major," is the phrase "dominant of A-major" called a prepositional phrase? A noun phrase? The subject of the sentence is "this key". What is the object? Is it "dominant" or "the dominant of A-major"?

And why did Mary Tyler Moore throw her hat in the air?

It is like the sound of one hand clapping.
Erwin_BFTS
Posted: Monday, January 30, 2012 1:35:25 PM
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Hi LCouperin, I think it is an adjective phrase. The "dominant of A-major" can be considered an adjective. It modifies the noun "key" as an adjective would. As an object is "what or whom" the verb is acting upon, there is no object in this sentence.

Mary Tyler Moore? Don't know...
singing_sad_songs
Posted: Monday, January 30, 2012 1:41:35 PM
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Before 1970, the analysis of the parts of your sentence would have needed these corrections.

First, you are nearly correct on the subject of the sentence: it is the word "key". Next, the intransitive verb cannot have a direct object, but the phrase "the dominant of A-major" is the predicate phrase and "dominant" the subject complement.

The prepositional phrase is "of A-major" and modifies "Dominant". "A-major" is, indeed, the object of the preposition, "of".

Before I was born, "of A-major" would also be mentioned to be periphrastic form of the inflected equivalent "A-major's".So, for example, "this key is A-major's Dominant." You will never be tested on this in English.
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Posted: Monday, January 30, 2012 2:53:34 PM

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Maybe because Mary Tyler Moore made it after all, or she crunched Ted's hat? Possibly by happenstance she didn't need it after all? Perhaps she had it in for hats? Or mayhaps she was attempting to teach Rhoda the now iconic hat toss; similar to playing ring toss?

Does anyone see any similarities between Ted Baxter and Mitt Romney?

LCouperin wrote:

And why did Mary Tyler Moore throw her hat in the air?


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