I encountered this text in a Babbel lesson:

... Un véritable voyage esthétique, où la poésie prend forme à la fois dans les mots et les images.

I know "prend forme" means "take shape", but what does "à la fois" mean? I know "la fois" means "the time".

I plugged this into Google Translate and it wasn't clear from its translation either.

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    Google Translate gives both which is fine. À la fois is close to "at the same time".
    – jlliagre
    Jul 16, 2021 at 23:59
  • Google translate is not a translator. I would not suggest it. The Larousse French>English is a real dictionary. It means: both in words and in images.
    – Lambie
    Jul 17, 2021 at 15:48
  • @Lambie Obviously, GT is a translator, although belonging to the computer programs type and currently not the best one available. In that case, its translation wasn't bad.
    – jlliagre
    Jul 17, 2021 at 21:08
  • We would never say at the same time here. We would say both here. "where poetry takes the form of both words and images . larousse.fr/dictionnaires/francais-anglais/fois/34330#655006 I have no idea why your comment was upvoted. I guess people just do not know the difference between google translate and Larousse. What can I say?
    – Lambie
    Jul 18, 2021 at 15:11
  • I looked it up in Larousse (I should've tried that first...) and under expressions it actually says "À la fois, tout à la fois ... [means] en même temps"
    – nCardot
    Jul 18, 2021 at 16:09

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Selon L'Académie française :

La locution adverbiale à la fois signifie « en même temps, simultanément ».

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