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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?


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

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


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.


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

Thanks for that. I shall use it in future.


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

DAS Plastik means the material.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/n4GAouwj

Der Kunstsoff


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/n4GAouwj

The material

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