I do not understand this sentence! If the correct translation is 'he fights animals' why is contre even necessary. And how do you know if contre should be translated as for, against, or with? All very different meanings. Help!
It is a strange sentence, and a poor translation. The literal translation is "he fights against animals", so you are correct -- it is unclear why the preposition "against" is not in the above english answer. I would assume it's an error. Duo did accept "he fights against animals" as a correct response.
A quick google shows a Slate Afrique headline which states "Un Egyptien combat un lion", so it seems that "il combat des animaux/he fights animals" would be grammatically correct in French without the preposition.
I lost a heart on "He fight the animals" and was told the correct answer was "He fights some animals", The nuances of translation escape me.
les = the plural
des = de les = of the (plural) = some (usually)
les animaux = the (pl) animals
des animaux = de les animaux = some animals
And also: des animaux can just be "animals" without the "some", because in English we often leave that out, but in French they never do.
As you mention under the word " contre" , the meaning could be : on, against or for. How is it that you translate it to " with" in the sentence. Following discission could be useful when you get the right answer for your question. Is there anybody to tell me about the result.
Prepositions are really tough; they rarely translate clearly from one language to another. In English you can say "fight with someone" or "fight against someone", and they mean much the same thing. You can also just "fight someone".
I translated it as "ils combattent," and it was marked wrong. Is there an aural difference between the singular and plural?
Why don't they join 'des animaux' in speech ? I mean there should be a /z/ sound audible, shouldn't it?
in this case des just stands for some, yet in another sentence (Je reve des animeaux) it was a conjunction of de-les. is there a way to know when it is just des and when it is de-les?