I agree as well. The way you've explained it makes sense: using Des vs Les in terms of the meaning "men eat bread." Though, despite the logic, my answers have been corrected several times in different situations making that same suggestion as well. Please, I'd appreciate if someone would explain the reasoning who understands this, and let me know! Thanks!
du= de+le (in french they make like a shortage) its because "pain" is a male. And a pomme is a female, so it will be "de la" instead of "du". So you can differ them, but I really dont understand how you can do it if you dont know grammar. So my advice for people, how want to study here - read (only read! don't learn by heart) grammar rules, it will help you understand such situations. Also to read phonetics rules is also a good idea, cause french ones are totally not evident ones.
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The silent consonant at the end of a word is pronounced at the beginning of the word that follows it.
Reading that article made everything so much clearer. Wish Duolingo had tips for general rules like this.
I regularly write down the present tense of this table whenever I get something wrong in order to memorize it. Its a good way to visualise it too. There are certain re-used endings too depending on the ending of the infinitive verb (e.g. manger)