"I like shoes."
Translation:J'aime les chaussures.
I have same query. Why "J'aime les chaussures" is marked correct and "J'aime des chaussures" as incorrect for the statement "I like shoes". As far as I learnt, no noun should be used alone and therefore we should use "du", "des" if "the" is absent in actual translation. Can somebody help me.
No. 'des' does not mean some in that sense. The French never seem to just say the name of an object without specifying number, even if it is the case that they have to specify that the number is indeterminate.
So, 'des chaussures' is just: shoes, and 'les chaussures' is: the shoes.
The confusion you have about the usage for countable & uncountable objects, as far as I know is resolved as folllows: we can say du riz, du pain, du vin etc. for uncountable amounts, while des pommes, des chaussures, etc are used for contable ones.
Downvote me to oblivion, but I swear a lot of DL users post without reading. There are a lot of helpful hints and links above.
tl;dr? For future viewers:
It's "les" not "des", because in French you need the definite after a word or preference Ex. After "aimer", "prefer", etc.
"J'aime bien" in French when used to describe an object means you love it, and obly means like him/her if it is used for a person. Ex. For this sentence it technically means to love shoes
"J'aime" works in the opposite scenario, where you love him/her, if it refers to a person. And only like an object.
Hope this helps.
If I'm not mistaken, in French, when the thing you're talking about is inanimate, "J'aime" automatically means "I like" unless you want to specifically say "J'adore" about something inanimate which means "I love". I believe it's almost kind of opposite when talking about a person. When you say "J'aime la fille", it automatically translates to "I love the girl" UNLESS you put "bien" after "J'aime". In short, this is how I think it works; J'aime les chaussures = I like shoes ~ J'aime bien les chaussures = I like shoes ~ J'adore les chaussures = I love shoes AND J'aime la fille = I love the girl ~ J'aime bien la fille = I like the girl ~ J'adore la fille = I love the girl
Hope this helps! :)