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the plastic

In the skill Science it's not allowed to answer "das Plastik" for the picture with the plastic bottles, but you have to say "der Kunststoff". While in science, people often use the formal term "Kunststoff", in general "Plastik" is much more common. Especially if you see bags full of old plastic bottles.

February 23, 2018

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

Hmm, so "das Plastik" is an exception to the rule that nouns ending in -ik are feminine. Possibly because it's a recent loanword?

February 23, 2018

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

Because there already exists a word die Plastik (= the sculpture).

February 23, 2018

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

According to the Duden, die Plastik comes from French, while das Plastik comes from English. That suggests to me that das Plastik is the more recent loan, especially since sculpture obviously predates modern plastic materials.

March 2, 2018

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

Thanks for that. I shall use it in future.

February 23, 2018

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DAS Plastik

May 7, 2019

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

DAS Plastik means the material.

February 26, 2018

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Der Kunstsoff

May 7, 2019

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The material

May 7, 2019
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