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I'm writing in present tense, first person. I want to say that someone is sitting back to back with the main character (narrator). I utilized the following phrase:

The voice comes from someone leaning against my back.

With that sentence, would you be able to tell that they are sitting back to back? If not, then what would be the best way to say this?


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closed as off topic by MετάEd, waiwai933 Aug 1 '12 at 22:08

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The posture of the leaning person could be anything. “leaning back against my back” would establish the posture. Note that asking for rewrite suggestions is not on topic here. This is a good question to redirect to Writers.SE. – MετάEd Aug 1 '12 at 22:04
@MetaEd: I appreciate your comment. I apologize if this isn't in the correct site, and wouldn't mind if it got moved. – JCOC611 Aug 1 '12 at 22:06

I think you may have given the right answer - the voice came from someone sitting back-to-back with me. I don't believe there is a better way of expressing what you are trying to say.

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