Now that I know "den" can also mean "that" I've been typing that for my answers instead of "the", hope I'm not misusing it
One of my old teachers, who speaks German, told me that "das" means "that" when usimg it as a pronoun.
In german you can conjugate "the" - nominative: der/die/das
Why would someone like an apple? Wouldn't this be something more like "Ich moechte einen Apfel" or "Der Apfel schmeckt gut" ?
They're just trying to get you to practice the concept. I suspect they occasionally, purposely say ridiculous stuff to get a smile :)
Was kann man da tun: die Lehrerin im Kindergarten sagt "Ich mag Apfel", wenn die Kinder sagen sollten, dass sie "Ein Stück Apfel möchten". Wenn ich sie korrigiere, sind wir wohl Feinde forever...
Why not "I would like the apple" - eg if I was offered an apple or an orange to eat, I would say, "I would like the apple, thank you"