Des vs Les
When do I use Des, and when do I use Les???
I've basically scoured the web, but all the sites use very complicated explanation that my simple brain can't follow? I tried to look at the duolingo tips for when to use "des" and when to use "les" but I also couldn't find it? 0_0
Can someone explain the difference using simple terminology?
It does - it just isn't how we would normally say it in English. But "we" can only wear "some" of all the swimsuits in the world. We can't wear all the swimsuits.
You just have to accept that you can't translate everything word-for-word, and that different languages have developed different conventions. In French, you have to differentiate between all of something and only some of something.
Unfortunately, you can't have both a "simple" and a "complete" explanation for this, but Jack's suggestion is a really good starting point.
Have a look at this :Grammar Glossary, Helpful Links, and Tips & Notes!, it gives (among many others), this link: les-des
Use «les» when you're talking about something generally, liking or disliking it. In English we don't use it to say, "I like apples". The French would say, "J'aime les pommes".
When buying, eating, or otherwise referring to more than one, like "some cars", "some chairs", "some things", you tend to use "some", in French «des» (which is the contraction of «de les».
When you have something singular (We used some ice cream for the float) you use «de»+ the genderized. So, "some icecream" is «de la glace». "Some rice" is «de le riz», but the "de le" contracts to make it «du riz».