It's how we would be most likely to say The moose does not eat the meat.
If we wanted to say The moose doesn't eat meat. (admittedly a sentence one would be much more likely to use) we would say Älgen äter inte kött. Swedish is not like French or Italian that way. There are some cases where we make different choices about what is considered definite or indefinite than you do in English, but they're pretty rare.
It seems to me that the app should accept "the elk don't eat the meat". In English is there some technical difference between "don't" and "doesn't"? I'm hearing it used both ways all the time although I realize there is a first/second-person and third-person distinction between "do" and "does" respectively. Do I just live amongst hicks?
I mean, yes there is a dialectal difference between do and does and some English accents use does all the way, and some use do all they way, but for the course we’re sticking to ’Standard English’ or at least the variety where a distinction is made, and since älgen is singular, we only accept does not.
Don't and doesn't aren't interchangable. If someone says the elk don't drink, they are using bad grammer. You should learned this in school. If your ever not sure, then take the contraction and use its root words. You would never say "the bird do not drink" I chose bird in this case because elk is both plural and singular, and the outcome depends on the difference.
I can see that you have missed my point entirely. Let me help you by setting up the circumstances for the use of such a sentence: I'm the zoo keeper and I hired you to feed my animals. After observing that you placed meat in the cages for the bears, the cougars and the elk, I instruct you (very correctly in English) as follows: "The bears eat meat and the cougars eat meat, but the elk (pl.) do not eat meat." Lundgren8 could see where I was going with this because he pointed out that älgen is singular, which is the point I was missing.
en älg is 'a moose' in American English and 'an elk' in British answer. Both are accepted of course, and any accepted answer can be shown to you as a correction. But we had to remove 'elk' from the hint because that hint was confusing to many of our users. 'elk' in American English refers to a different animal, a wapiti or Cervus canadensis. We don't have it here, but in Swedish it's called en wapitihjort or en vapiti.