# What does a 7 - 6 mean in figured bass?

Here in this voice leading exercise I am doing I have 73 going to 63 in the figured bass but I am not sure what this means for the voice leading. I understand the 7-6 means that the 7th above the bass becomes a 6th above the bass but how would the 73 chord be spelt in the first place? I have doubled the C in my solution to the exercise but perhaps I should have had a 5th or kept the 6th coming from the previous chord?

Also, on a separate note, After a ii6 chord would going to a IV7 not be going backwards? From my understanding, IV usually comes before ii6 not after...

• There's no suspension in your realization of the exercise, just an upper neighbor motion in the soprano voice. Commented Jan 27, 2022 at 17:38
• Sorry, I rewrote the question.. hope its clearer
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Commented Jan 27, 2022 at 17:52
• @Aaron that's because the figures specify an upper neighbor motion rather than a suspension. Commented Jan 28, 2022 at 0:02
• @phoog The question was edited after my comment. Originally the question specifically referenced a 7-6 suspension. Commented Jan 28, 2022 at 0:42
• @Aaron my point is that the absence of a 7-6 suspension is not a feature of this realization of the exercise; it is a feature of the exercise itself. Commented Jan 28, 2022 at 0:52