No they don't. To better hear the difference, go to Google/Translation, pick French-English, type "pain, pomme" on the French side and click on the small loudspeaker.
Interesting I answered with He is eating bread. Yet ans shows it as They eat /yet it was marked correct! As others have stated. Very difficult to assertain as to if it is saying he or they Il or Ils!!!
"ill" does not exist in French, singular of "ils" is "il".
they are pronounced the same, as well as verb "mangent" and "mange", respectively.
but Duo accepts both translations for that reason.
thanks! I made a mistake. when I said ill I meant il... Ok. This makes more sense to me now!
What is the difference between "de" and "du"? Both words have the same meaning (some).
From listening? You can't. They sound the same. Perhaps if you had read some of the other comments first you would not be so confused. Usually there is some context around the sentence in actual speech that would tell you whether it was one person or several. Which is why this particular sentence if you are listening to it accepts both Ils mangent and Il mange as correct. It wouldn't accept Il mangent or Ils mange however as those are grammatically incorrect.
Ariaflame: I just repeated this lesson to try and improve and once again it insists on the plural translation for "Ils mangent du pain." A lot of the confusion and frustration for students could be avoided if the printed question included a simple (s) for singular and (p) for plural.
Sorry, I should have made that clear. I meant that "Ils mangent du pain." was the spoken French one had to translate, naturally it could not be distinguished from "il mange du pain". It would not accept the answer as singular.
My suggestion is that the question "Translate this text should include a (s) or a (p) to indicate what is required. ie: Translate this text (p)
Correction - my suggestion is for the audio translation therefore "Type what you hear (s)" or Type what you hear (p)
I typed Il mange du pain - the singular which was wrong but I was marked correct.
Vous ne pouvez pas. However, when you get the dictation exercise, the system is supposed to accept the singular version.