A sentence taken from a student's piece of homework.
I often happen to watch youngsters leaning simultaneously on their smartphones while they are in groups.
You can understand what he's saying can't you? It's also grammatical. But you don't ‘physically’ lean on a smartphone, do you?
It's a common enough phenomenon in today's society; we have all seen groups of teenagers huddled over their smartphones. But what about leaning? What preposition do I use with lean that fits with the meaning my student wanted to convey?
Do you lean over a smartphone?
Do you lean above it?
Do you lean forward?
That last one sounds OK, but where would you place the noun, smartphone, in the phrase?
I suggested huddled over but is there a better or a more appropriate verb I could have suggested?