For example if you were to say 'I like carrots', can't you say j'aime des carottes as well as j'aime les carottes ?
Or do they mean different things?
To say, 'I like carrots', you have to use the definite article, les and say -
J'aime les carottes
It sort of indicates in French that you like all the carrots in the world. very strange!
Des is a partitive article meaning 'some' so you might say -
Je voudrais des carottes, s'il vous plait = I'd like some carrots, please
Donnez-moi des carottes = Give me some carrots
Hope this helps!
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