"I love salads."
Translation:Me encantan las ensaladas.
Since the meaning (I think) is that in GENERAL, I like salads, right? So then why is the article (las) required?
The article is required when you mean the subject of the sentence in general.
Cigarettes (in general) are dangerous. Los cigarrillos son peligrosos.
Life (in general) is beautiful. La vida es hermosa.
Because Duo's sentence uses encantar (a verb like gustar), "salads" is the subject of the sentence.
Salads (in general) are enchanting to me. Las ensaladas me encantan. Me encantan las ensaladas.
Thank you, Marcy. Let me say it back: When the subject is a generalization, the article is used....right?
Think of encantan as enchant. It is the things you love that enchants you. You would not say "Salads enchant I" but rather "Salads enchant me".
"me gusta ensaladas" is not a correct sentence. In the Spanish sentence "ensaladas" is the subject, and it is plural, so the verb form must be "gustan".
"Me gustan ensaladas" would be "I like salads", which is weaker than saying "Me encantan ensaladas"/"I love salads".