I am busy trying to complete an exercise in which I have to harmonize a soprano melody using supertonic and subdominant harmony where the red stars are marked. I am allowed to use inversions. I got stuck in bar 5 where the blue arrow is pointing. Could anybody give me a hand and tell me what chords could go in this space? I only have the main diatonic chords to work with and have to follow the ii7 with some kind of dominant family chords. The problem I have is that the D in the soprano wouldnt resolve if I used a V chord... This is what confuses me. So the only other chord that goes there is a vii°6.. maybe that could go to a V7 chord?

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  • Which parts of the exercise are given, and which are left up to the student?
    – Aaron
    Oct 20 '21 at 15:52
  • updated my question to include that, thanks
    – armani
    Oct 20 '21 at 16:20

Stick on the E chord for 2 beats. The D DOES resolve to C♯, the B just delays it. That's OK. A very common cadential cliche in hymn-style writing!

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  • Thanks. Wont the 7th be transfered to another voice if I keep the E7 on both beats? If the answer is yes then wont it need to resolve too?
    – armani
    Oct 20 '21 at 15:25
  • See expanded answer above. Oct 20 '21 at 16:37
  • Thank you Lawrence. I had thought of that but the reason that I didn't use that is because I thought that going from a V7 to a V on the second beat before moving back to I was somehow not allowed. But if this solution is acceptable then fantastic!
    – armani
    Oct 20 '21 at 16:52
  • You're not really going from V7 to V. Just decorating the V7 a bit. Look at the first two beats of that bar as all V7. Oct 20 '21 at 20:03
  • Ok... I played it on the piano. It sounds very nice.
    – armani
    Oct 20 '21 at 20:44

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