"The" is not used with plurals when that plural implies a general reference; only when that plural implies a specific group.
So, "Athletes do not eat bread" is the equivalent to: "Any athlete does not eat any bread". Whereas "the athletes do not eat bread" implies that you're not talking about athletes in general but a particular group, for example those who compete in a certain event or at a certain level; and the same goes for the bread: it is referring bread in general.
Thats exactly why this exercise confuses me. I understand what you say about English, however it appear the exact opposite in Spanish- when you use "Los/Las + plural" it refers to the general group (any athletes). I'm not an English or Spanish speaker, can anyone clarify that?
In English, when we want to say athletes in general we say "athletes" and when we want to specify a particular group of athletes we say "the athletes". But in Spanish, when you want to say athletes in general you say "los atletas". The Duolingo sentence was evidently trying to say "Athletes don't eat bread" instead of "The athletes don't eat bread." But, apparently since people complained, Duo now accepts both translations.
Well, even if Spanish speakers generally mean athletes in general when they say this, (and that's goid to know,) we have to consider how an English->Spanish translation of "the athletes" would turn out.
So both Spanish->English translations, with and without "the," have to be accepted.
why 'Los atletas' and not 'Las atletas' ? 'Atleta' is a feminine word and it logically follows that 'las' is to always be used with it (Las atletas) Just like 'persona' ( person) only una/la/las are to be used with it; for example ( The man is a person = El hombre es una persona). are there exceptions or something I'm being oblivious to ?
Coefficient of variation in the way of it remains to be seen again for the first time since it was redone. I don't know exactly what my schedule is like. I don't even know his email address, I think so too late to ask why she doesn't use the toilet paper and I think they need to be seen again for the first time since it was supposed to be here five minutes ago analysis won't be here for another six minutes. I don't even know his email address, I think so too late to ask why she doesn't use the toilet