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Below is a quote from Cambridge student book.
Even taking into account the rollercoaster changes in price for recycled plastics, glass and paper, it’s still worth recycling.
Why is only “plastic” plural? Can we say just ‘’plastic’’?
We say “We need to recycle plastic.” (uncountable noun) Is this correct? Or do we have to say “We need to collect plastics?’’
--plastics glass and paper --- when three nouns are together it just looks weird that only “plastic” becomes plural.
There might be big differences in the prices for individual plastics that are fluctuating more than others.
riquecohen-san & Tdol-san, thank you for your answers. Hmmm...I didn't think there are different types of plastics... In Japanese we also say plastic but I think it's just one thing, same as paper and glass. I don't really think about what type of plastic it is. Are there any different types of paper and glass...?
All of the various plastic bottles and containers (in the US anyway) are marked with a number indicating how they are to be sorted for recycling. In contrast, both glass and paper/cardboard are recycled without any type of sorting system that I am aware of.
Thank you all.
I may become a plastics expert before I master English...
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(2) Of course, this dunce cannot link, so I shall quote from a Google
book entitled Training in Plastics Technology, published in 2000 by Messrs.
Michaeli, Greiff, Wolters, and Vosseburger:
The use of the plural "plastics" instead of the singular "plastic"
indicates that we are dealing with a variety of materials that can
differ markedly in processibility or in their reactions to the influence
I know about PET bottle bins but I haven’t thought about the reason why they need to be thrown away separately. (Maybe they are reused as they are..!?)
If you think about different types of paper such as tissue paper, A4 copy paper and biodegradable paper, can we say “papers”??
To me singular-plural and countable-uncountable are always a headache…