"एक हाथी चाय पीता है।"
Translation:An elephant drinks tea.
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P.S. I taught English as a Foreign Language and English as a Second Language for many years. If a learner came up with "An elephant drinks tea" at an early stage, I would let it go. But if a high intermediate learner or advanced learner were to say that, so as to generalize about elephants, I would let the person know that it is a bit odd, and that we usually use the plural if making a generalization. If is not a generalization, I would say that is not English. How do you anglophones vote on this?
They aren't! You just have to learn them. It is a shame that Duolingo doesn't give that information in their "hover" definitions. You have to pick it up from the way verbs are used with each noun. Or look the nouns up in a Hindi dictionary to find out for yourself.
And since I wrote that, I see that "m" and "f" have now been added to the hover text for nouns. That's great, Duolingo! Thank you.