Does "leaned across" mean "bend your back foward or backward"?
ex)..From behind her paper, she was flabbergasted to see a neatly dressed young man helping himself to her cookie. She did not want to make a scene, so she leaned across and took a cookie herself...
I'm not a teacher yet, but I am studying a Bachelor of Education with an English Literature major at Charles Sturt University, in NSW, Australia.
Across means 'from one side to the other'. (COED)
Here's a picture of a child leaning across another.
He/she is also leaning slightly forward, but that's incidental to the main direction of the action.
Last edited by Rover_KE; 03-Oct-2012 at 09:19.
To me, leant (pronounced lent) is just fine as the past tense of 'lean'.