"The girls collect the food."
Translation:Bailíonn na cailíní an bia.
Because it's what's called a 2nd conjugation verb. There's different patterns for different conjugation classes.
I am still confused as to when you use an vs na to discuss 'the'? Help on that topic?
An is singular. Na is plural. So.. The girl is "an cailin" the girls is "na cailini" ;)
Yes but why is food singular(an) when it could be many types of food.You don't have one type of food for your meals.Surely both an and na should be accepted here.
Your question "why is food singular" is your clue here. You're happy enough with food being singular in English even when it's many types of food.