Why is 「食事(しょくじ)を食べました」 wrong? [JLPT grammar]

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Basic Verb

[A student’s comment]

Why is 「食事(しょくじ)を食べました」 wrong?
I thought 「食事」has the meaning of “meal”.
Isn’t that right?

[Chika Sensei’s reply]

「食事」has the meaning of “meal”.

◎食事 meal [noun]

食事(を)する have a meal, dine
◎ごはん(meal, rice)を食べる have a meal
×食事を食べる is redundant and we usually don’t say so.


朝食(ちょうしょく) を食べる
have a morning meal, eat breakfast

I am going to dine/eat with my family today



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