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Suppose I call someone (official) and his secretary says

Le poste est occupé.

What does she mean? Is the person occupied with someone in his office or is he occupied with another telephone call?

Is there another way she could say the same thing?

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Poste est un nom masculin qui fait référence au téléphone ici. La personne est donc déjà en conversation téléphonique avec quelqu'un d'autre.

La secrétaire aurait aussi pu dire :

Le téléphone sonne occupé.
La ligne est occupée.

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