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Balades ep. 1, Quiz 9: amassés pendant des semaines

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    29 seconds, 64 words
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    ,dernierstemps,,paperasse 'accumulée. 'unepériodede 'manquetoujours, 'visiblesousentoutgenre,àpeinefeuilletésamasséspendant. 'doncdécidédetablerase : 'trié,jetéetrangétraînait.
    effet,dernierstemps,avant,paperasse 'étaitaccumulée. 'estunepériodede 'annéemanquetoujourstemps,bureau 'étaitplusvisiblesouspapiersentoutgenre,magazinesàpeinefeuilletésautresamasséspendantsemaines. 'doncdécidédefairetablerase : 'trié,jetéetrangétoutcequitraînait.

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    En effet, ces derniers temps, avant Noël, beaucoup de paperasse s’était accumulée. Et comme c’est une période de l’année où je manque toujours de temps, mon bureau n’était plus visible sous les papiers en tout genre, magazines à peine feuilletés et autres documents amassés pendant des semaines. J’ai donc décidé de faire table rase : j’ai trié, jeté et rangé tout ce qui traînait.

    Indeed, lately, before Christmas, a lot of paperwork had accumulated. And since it’s a time of year when I’m always short of time, my desk was no longer visible under all kinds of papers, barely leafed magazines and other documents piled up for weeks. So I decided to make a clean sweep: I sorted, threw and put away everything that was lying around.

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    What does “amassés pendant des semaines” mean in French?

    “Amassés pendant des semaines” is a French phrase that translates to “amassed for weeks” in English. The verb “amasser” means “to amass” or “to accumulate”, it refers to the action of gathering or collecting something over time. “Pendant des semaines” is an adverbial phrase that indicates the duration of time, it means “for weeks”.

    The phrase “amassés pendant des semaines” implies that something has been gathered or accumulated over a period of several weeks. It is used to describe a state where something has been accumulated over a period of time.

    Examples:

    “Il a amassé des piles de livres pendant des semaines” (He amassed stacks of books for weeks)

    “Ils ont amassé des preuves contre lui pendant des semaines” (They amassed evidence against him for weeks)

    “Il a amassé des idées pour son projet pendant des semaines” (He amassed ideas for his project for weeks)

    In general, “amassés pendant des semaines” is used to indicate that something has been accumulated over a period of weeks and it implies that a process of collection over a period of time has been done.

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    En effet

    derniers

    n’etait

    à peine feuilletés

    pendant

    semaines

    donc

    table rase

    trié, jeté et rangé

    traînait

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