"The man and the woman have children."
Translation:L'homme et la femme ont des enfants.
A tip for you: Put the object in the singular form: "the man and the woman have a child", then you understand that "a" stands for "one". In French: "l'homme et la femme ont un enfant".
Now, back to plural: in English, "a" has no plural, but in French there is a plural indefinite article: "des".
So the sentence translates to "l'homme et la femme ont (un enfant) // (des enfants)"
Avoir (to have) ils/elles -> ont "Ils/elles ont des apples" -> "They have (some) apples."
Être (to be): ils/elles -> sont "Ils/elles sont riche" -> "They are rich."
Even though 'ont' and 'sont' may be conjugated from the same subject pronouns (Ils/elles) and may also look similar, they are actually two different irregular verbs (avoir & etre) with their own different meanings! Good luck on those two, it make take some time to memorize them, but it'll be worth it in the end!
"Le" is naturally pronounced [luh]
Homme has a mute H, which means that it is pronounced [om].
To French ears, there is a vowel sound conflict between "le" and "homme" and this is why "le" is elided (drop the vowel and replace it with an apostrophe) so that only the "L" sound remains. So "l'homme" is the required form and the pronunciation is [lom].
"Ont" is reserved for 3rd person plural subjects: ils/elles (they), "men/women", plural nouns, etc.
You have to learn the conjugation for the verb "avoir" in present together with the grammatical persons:
- j'ai, tu as, il/elle/on a, nous avons, vous avez, ils/elles ont.
"Des" is the plural of "un" or "une". It is the plural indefinite article that English does not have. It is required with the meaning of "more than one".
In singular, this sentence would read:
The man and the woman have a/one child = L'homme et la femme ont un enfant.
I did not understand
"des" is the plural of "un" or "une"
- singular: un enfant
- plural: des enfants.
So "des" is an indefinite article which does not exist in English. To know if an English plural, bare noun will translate to "des + plural noun", either you put the plural noun in singular and then see if it naturally gets "a/an", or you add "more than one" before the noun to get the meaning of "des".