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"Le garçon mange les pommes."

December 17, 2012

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https://www.duolingo.com/DavidEliGana

these are hard... have to adjust my ear to le garcon mange vs les garcons mangent

December 17, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/marcel1984

Since there is no clear distinction, they should mark both as correct.

March 16, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/kikki90

there is clear distinction!! You can hear it from the pronounciation of the article. LE (les) or Leu (le). I can hear it!!

March 20, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/HSJames

I can't hear the difference between plural and singular!

February 25, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/hiramj2

Can't it be 'The boy eats apples' as well.

January 3, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/jchandler14

If you want to use the noun without an article in english you usually would use un, une or des. Not le, la, les. They are right for not excepting it without the 'the'

January 21, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/mistaF
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When I took French in school, IIRC I learned that you use the definite article when talking about an object in general. For example, to say I like apples, you would say J'aime les pommes. In this case, Le garcon mange les pommes could mean that the boy eats apples in general, or he could be eating specific apples (THE apples). @SnowboardNW below mentions context, which would help in determining the intended meaning of this sentence.

September 5, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/i-lumos

I wrote that as well, I've sent in a report to let them register our response as correct.

January 13, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/SnowboardNW

Native English speaker and teacher. The boy eats the apples is not correct. The boy eats apples. The is used as a reference to something specific. The apples would mean... you know, the apples we bought earlier. Since there is no context, the cannot be used.

January 30, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Pettatina

I know! I heard MAAAAAAAANGENNNNT then I thought it was a plural.

April 7, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Ledajosema

I cant hear the difference between plurar and singular, i mean, Pommes and pomme? argh!

July 1, 2013
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