TO ALL THOSE UNABLE TO FIGURE OUT DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LES AND LE:
So in a previous class, there was a discussion I followed, where a person said that "Les" sounds like "lay" and "Le" sounds like "Leu". This has been helpful, since verbs (like boivent) sound the same in singular as well as plural, and so figuring out les or le helps me figure out which number the sentence is in-- singular or plural.
Hope that helps! :)
No, there is no continuous tense in French.
So, either you translate with simple present:
- women are drinking = des femmes boivent
Or, you use a special phrase "en train de + infinitive" with verb "être" to express that the action is in progress at the time you speak:
- women are (in the process of) drinking = des femmes sont en train de boire du thé.
With regards to nouns, the majority of nouns are pronounced the same in the singular and plural, but spelled differently. There is a substantial minority of nouns that are both pronounced and spelled differently in the singular and plural. With regards to verbs, the pronunciation is a bit more irregular. For many verbs (but not boire) in this example, the nous and vous forms are different from each other and the other 4 forms. In the ils/elles form if there is an -ent suffix, it is silent. In many cases the je, tu, il/elle, and ils/elles forms are pronounced the same. With this verb (boire), the je, tu, and il/elle forms are pronounced the same (spelled je bois, tu bois, and il/elle boit), whereas the ils/elles form is boivent, which is pronounced with a /v/ on the end. I recommend getting a fair grasp of which consonants are silent at the end of words and using WordReference to find the pronunciation, plural, and meaning of nouns, and also the conjugation of verbs. Also, as I am on my phone, I don't know how old your first comment is so I don't know whether my comment is still relevant. Anyway, I wish you well on your language learning journey!
The nuance will depend on context:
In this room, a woman is drinking tea -> in this room, (some) women drink tea = dans cette pièce, une femme boit du thé -> dans cette pièce, DES femmes boivent du thé (a number of women, more than just "a woman")
THE women I know drink tea = LES femmes que je connais boivent du thé (definite women: the ones I know)
Generally speaking, women drink tea = en général, LES femmes boivent du thé (generality)
"Women drink tea" means that all women do, which is most probably untrue.
"The women drink tea" means that a definite group of women I know do, which is much more probable.
In French "les femmes" can be either "women in general" or "the specific women", depending on context.