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The image this evoked drove me to google. I have now discovered the following apple varieties: Arkansas Black ("Very deep red, appearing black from a distance."), Black Twig and Jersey Black!
It all makes sense now. He was eating a Arkansas Black, and he was really far away!
I've always learned that in French, present verbs always can mean three things. Here's an example. Il mange la pomme. It could mean, "He eats the apple." or "He is eating the apple." or "He does eat the apple." Duolingo never accepts my third answer, and it aggravates me. Unless I'm wrong? Does anyone know?
You are not supposed to look for figurative meanings so early in the tree. Black/noir is first and foremost a color adjective, a black apple/une pomme noire may not have much sense, but you should not care for that now. You will be taught a number of colors, some of them with specific grammar rules you will learn at the same time.
"Noir / noire / noirs / noires" has the advantage of being a regular adjective and it is easier to teach you simple things first.
I understand the intention, thank you for your reply! That is helpful, but I wonder whether it might be better to use something like the black grapes (admittedly that's noir, not noire), or the black dress? I say this because a fairly important part of language is in interpretating the meaning of ambiguous words in context. For instance, it turns out that just over 80% of English words have more than one meaning, so context becomes very important in disambiguating. And black apples are very contra-context because it is not sensible, whereas filthy does seem to make sense. I wonder whether it might be worth adjusting the example?
La pomme et une pomme (the word is feminine) you're gonna go with the feminine version of noir which you probably already know is "noire". As for them giving you the point though, I notice it does happen sometimes. Duolingo assumes a typo has been made and gives "close enough" points. Sometimes its needed as motivation to keep trying