One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the key to the mystery lay elsewhere’
answer, clue, solution, explanation, pointer, cue, lead
basis of, foundation for, requisite for
condition, precondition, essential, means, way, route, path, passport, secret, formula
guide, gloss, glossary, interpretation, explication, translation, clarification, exposition, annotation, index, legend, code
2‘a song in a minor key’
tone, pitch, timbre, tonality, tone colour, modulation
3‘it was like the sixties all over again, in a more austerely intellectual key’
style, character, mood, vein, spirit, feel, feeling, flavour, quality, humour, atmosphere
1‘he was a key figure in formulating policy’
crucial, central, essential, indispensable, basic, fundamental, pivotal, critical, decisive, dominant, vital, principal, salient, prime, chief, major, leading, main, important, significant
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