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Topic: What part of speech is this?
Posted: Monday, January 30, 2012 1:41:35 PM
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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