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?



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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. Commented Nov 21, 2016 at 9:10

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