Re: without eating/having anything
Originally Posted by tzfujimino
It's possible, but not easy. It would require a good deal of background context. Specifically stating the person got up/dressed/grabbed his bag/brief case then left.
Otherwise, the reader will think he left home with nothing in his hands, rather than his stomach.
In my opinion, the two words are not interchangeable.
I'm not a teacher yet, but I am studying a Bachelor of Education with an English Literature major at Charles Sturt University, in NSW, Australia.