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he leaned over to whisper something #1 (permalink) Mon Aug 22, 2011 14:10 pm   he leaned over to whisper something
 

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #186 "Verb Tense Practice (3)", question 10

After dinner, he ......... over to whisper something in my ear.

(a) is leaning
(b) lean
(c) leaning
(d) leaned

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #186 "Verb Tense Practice (3)", answer 10

After dinner, he leaned over to whisper something in my ear.

Correct answer: (d) leaned

Your answer was: incorrect
After dinner, he is leaning over to whisper something in my ear.
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he leaned over to whisper something #2 (permalink) Mon Aug 22, 2011 22:48 pm   he leaned over to whisper something
 

We would not use the present tense with 'after dinner'. It can be used with the future or past tenses, but doesn't work with something happening at that moment.
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he leaned over to whisper something #3 (permalink) Tue Aug 23, 2011 5:48 am   he leaned over to whisper something
 

(Present could work in dramatic narrative, but it would be simple present, not continuous.)
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