In this case, is klader a plural noun? How does Swedish handle collective nouns like this?
Kläder - clothes Kläd - cloth But i don't know the right word for the clothes
clothes = kläder the clothes = kläderna :)
And if you want to say "a piece of clothing": a piece of clothing = ett klädesplagg the piece of clothing = klädesplagget
But this one is tricky according to Swedish girlfriend; I just copied what she told me when I asked the same :)
A man = en man, The man = mannen, Men = män, The men = männen. Unless it is pronounciation you are asking about. I think Swedish "män" sounds pretty much as if English "men" and Swedish "man" sounds more like English "mon".
They mean the same. Possibly gillar is a tad more colloquial, but they're really interchangeable.
How do we know if it's man or män (man or men) in this situation? Couldn't it also be man likes clothes?
män is the plural men and man is the singular man so it can only be plural men here. Remember that a and ä are totally different letters in Swedish.