I was wondering, when you say "He was leaning/leaning over", does it describe the state of being inclined or the motion of becoming inclined?

For example,"He was leaning over but I stopped him"?

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The answer is yes. In other words, it could mean either. Especially if you include over, it can mean the act of leaning, which means leaning more and more (a greater angle).

  • thank yoy!So both "to be leaning/to be leaning over" could refer to the motion, but "over" emphasize the motion better? Am I right??
    – Karl
    Jun 25, 2021 at 19:41
  • Yes, I think so.
    – Drew
    Jun 26, 2021 at 1:27

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