The two notes (A) in the bass clef seem to be played at the same time. However, this is music for piano, so I can't seem to figure this one out.

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In this case, the half-note A is struck ("articulated") at the same time as the eighth-note A. However, while the eighth-note A only lasts (brace yourself!) for one eighth note, the half-note A must be sustained.

As such, you simply hold this A down for the rest of the measure.

And, while I'm here, the notation in the left hand is a bit suspect, since the half-note A crosses the mid-measure boundary; this is usually considered bad practice. I thought I'd supply a better alternative:

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    Depending on where you encounter this piece, this might get tricky with the fingering I imagine.
    – Mast
    Jan 20, 2018 at 21:11

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