When I want to tell a boy that he should eat up what he is eating now and not leave anything at all, what words can I say to him? “Don’t leave food,” is this proper words? What I like to know is if this word, leave, can be used about food.

  • You took it, you eat it!
    – Jim
    Sep 24, 2014 at 5:10

2 Answers 2


Yes. You could say:

Son, eat all of your food. Do not leave any (food) on your plate.


As mentioned in another answer, "Don't leave food on your plate" is a common phrase.

Other options include

Don't waste food.

Clean your plate.

Finish your dinner.

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