https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ElizabethA994386

Kunstoff oder Plastik

Please can someone explain the difference?

October 27, 2015

4 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/svartoyg

"Kunststoff" is a more general word while "Plastik" refers only to a certain group of "Kunststoff" like e.g. PVC. The "treshold" is a fuzzy one, but e.g. hardly anyone would consider Nylon as "Plastik".

October 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/biertopf

Good explanation. I have to add: In a technical context you wouldn't use the word "Plastik", but "Kunststoff" or even "Polymer" or "Polymerwerkstoff".

October 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ssaClari

Hey Elisabeth, all are right here.....but in the colloquial language, you can use both. Everyone will understand you :)

October 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ElizabethA994386

Thank you all so much!

October 27, 2015
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