"My pants have pockets."
Translation:Mon pantalon a des poches.
No, "MES pantalons" and "mon pantalon" mean "my pants".
"pantalon" means that there is only one pair of pants, and "pantalons" means that there are more than one pair of pants. French, unlike English, considers that pants are not always a plural noun.
And you're not supposed to know it, you're just invited to learn it. Don't assume that Duolingo expects the impossible simply because you failed once. Failure is part of the learning process, and it's encouraged. So, congratulations.
Basically, if you use "a/an" in the singular form, then it's "des". If not, it's "les".
The main exception would be when you talk about something as an idea or a concept, and not an existing example of this thing. "J'aime les fleurs." (flowers as an idea, any existing flower is concerned)
For more informations you can try this :
But they don't cover all cases. I haven't found a complete and satisfying lesson concerning articles in French yet (even in French ^^). I'll post a thread if I manage to find one.
No. "des" is a plural indefinite article, which doesn't exist in English.
"I want a strawberry." = "Je veux une fraise."
"I want strawberries." = "Je veux des fraises."
"some" means either "quelques" for countable objects or "un peu de/d' " for uncountable objects. However, "some" can also be used and not translated at all in French, depending on context.
"I want some bread." = "Je veux du pain." or "Je veux un peu de pain."
"I want some strawberries." = "Je veux des fraises." or "Je veux quelques fraises."