"Do they love Mexican food?"
Translation:¿Les encanta la comida mexicana?
It's "food" that is the subject of the sentence. Encantar is used like gustar: the subject is "enchanting" to them. Since the subject (food) is 3rd person singular, encanta has to be 3rd person singular. Mexican food is enchanting to them = They love Mexican food.
Thank you again. The details of your explanation are, once again, very helpful. It occurs to me that I need to "dust off" my nearly forgotten sentence diagrams (from English class in grade school...) and transfer those skills to espanol. Muchas gracias...
Are there any special rules or situations where this would not be the case?
"A ellos..." I think that's what we we're studying. And if it's not correct, anyone know why?
It told me the correct answer is "¿Les fascina la comida mexicana? " It hasn't even taught me "fascina"!!
Can anyone help me understand why the definite article is needed before Mexican food? (la comida mexicana) Why not A ellos les encanta comida mexicana?
Firstly, the student must accept the idea that la comida mexicana is the subject of the Spanish sentence. At first glance, it might not appear like this is true.
Secondly, there is a grammer rule that this Duolingo exercise is illustrating: grammar rule number 1.13. The article must accompany the subject of the sentence.
Would this be an equivalent way of asking the same question? ¿Ellos encantan comida mexicana?
No, your sentence is wrong.
The conjugation of this kind of verb doesn't appear to pair up with subject pronouns in the same way that most verbs do... until you become orientated to the verb.
Yo les gusto.
― They like me.