I was wondering which of the following is the proper sentence:
The woman swims among turtles,
The woman swims among the turtles.
Or are they both valid under different contexts?
The above is from a duolingo.com exercise to translate a Spanish sentence. So, unfortunately, there is no context i.e., the sentence is not part of a paragraph. The Spanish sentence is "La mujer nada entre las tortugas".
In the exercise I gave my translation as "The woman swims among the turtles", because the Spanish sentence had the article "las", which is the plural form of "the". This was marked incorrect, and the correct answer was given as "The woman swims among turtles".
In duolingo.com, translations sometimes preserve the article, and sometimes it is not preserved.
I was wondering if there was any difference between the two, in English. If I understand this I may be able to better understand Spanish.