"They read the newspaper."
Translation:Ils lisent le journal.
La = féminin's word Le= masculin's word
Thing = chose = féminine=La
Fruit = fruit = masculin = Le
But "Things" (Choses) and "Fruits" (Fruits) with a "s" in the end it's plural so we use = "Les" instead of "La" or "Le"
Think of putting a "s" for the French article when you see that it's plural !!
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"il" and "ils" have the same pronunciation, except when there are liaisons. "elle" and "elles" have the same pronunciation, except when there are liaisons.
You can learn more about liaisons here:
Because of how the verb "lire" is conjugated: