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    #1

    sit back against

    Hello everyone
    I'd like to ask what the phrase "sit back against" imply in the following sentence.

    Jopale sighed and sat back against the warm pink wall.

    It's the first time the author has mentioned this person. Does "sat back against" imply that he was already sitting and just relaxed, or does the phrase imply that before that he was standing and then sat?

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    Re: sit back against

    Hello K.,

    For me, it implies that while seated, he moved his back closer to the wall and leaned against the wall.

    Best wishes,

    MrP

    Not a professional ESL teacher.

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    Re: sit back against

    Quote Originally Posted by MrPedantic View Post
    Hello K.,

    For me, it implies that while seated, he moved his back closer to the wall and leaned against the wall.

    Best wishes,

    MrP
    Thank you very much, MrPedantic.

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