Hi I’m kind of new to these forums so I don’t know if this is the right place to ask this, but you guys seem nice so I’ll give it a shot. I’m aware that a transitive verb can have a subject and a direct object. But does it have to have a direct object explicitly stated in the sentence?
For example if I wanted to say I have eaten would “私は食べました” be grammatically correct (or if I was asked the question “have you eaten” would “はい、食べました” be a coherent answer). In both cases I still ate something, so there is still a direct object, I’m just not bothering to mention what it was.
The main reason I ask is that I can’t find an intransitive verb that means to eat, only transitive ones seem to exist.
I did have a look for previous answers before hand but if I’ve missed an obvious one please feel free to tell me to look harder.