I was trying to eat hot food, but I didn't eat the hot food
Isn't it contradictory? There are 'eat' and 'didn't eat' in this structure. However, in informal, I think people use this kind of contradictions, especially when it comes to sentences including 'to's. Ex) I wanted to eat food, but I didn't eat the food. I want food when I'm in the car, but I'm not in the car.
I think 'maybe' it can be related to philosophy. Ex) Unicorns help people, but the unicorns doesn't exist. Though I think there must be a linguistic name. After I make a picture, I describe it or after I make a statement, I make a picture, (but actually, in this case, there's no picture to referred). I want to know related linguistic terms. Something like 'top-down or bottom-up processing'