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There is a question in JLPT Prep book Kanzen Master N2 that confuses me:

一緒に料理を( )食べませんか。
a. 作って  b.作ってから  c.作った上で

Vた上で suggests a cause/effect relationship so c is obviously wrong.

a is right but I want to know why b is wrong?
It's grammatically wrong or is there a problem with the meaning in this case.

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Think about how the 一緒に part is involved. If you made it b, the 一緒に would only apply to the first part leaving 食べませんか by itself and making it not clear that that part is also supposed to be 一緒に.

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AしてBしませんか sounds to me like "Let's do A and B", whereas AしてからBしませんか sounds to me like "How about doing A before doing B?"
Compare:

映画に行って食事しませんか。・・・asking out to the movies and dinner
映画に行ってから食事しませんか。・・・asking out to the movies (going out to dinner has been agreed). OR, suggesting going to the movies BEFORE dinner, rather than AFTER.

Likewise,

一緒に料理を作って食べませんか。・・・Both cooking and eating are suggested.
一緒に料理を作ってから食べませんか。・・・sounds strange because you can't just eat without cooking or eat before you cook.

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