They both convey the meaning of "meal" or "food", but I don't know which one I should use. Which ones would be used most of the time for everyday-conversations? Would these two sentences mean the same?



Thanks for the answer.


For everyday conversations use たべもの。
しょくもつ is more formal and not used in casual situations, unless it is part of an expression like 食物繊維.

As a general rule, 音読み words are more used in formal, written language, while 訓読み words are more used in informal, spoken language.

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    I think this is not unlike germanic vs. latin words in english. Nov 21 '16 at 9:10

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