"If there'll be no oxygen and hydrogen on our planet then only ______ will remain. All life shall perish!"

By "all life" - I mean all organic existence.

But what is the opposite? Everything non-organic, everything made out of plastic, metal, glass?

  • Since to perish means "to pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life", I don't think that life and perish is a proper collocation
    – Victor B.
    Dec 5 '16 at 11:01
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    By the way, "If there'll be" is not idiomatic: in English we use the simple present in a condition for future meaning: "If there is" - we rely on the "will" in the main clause to convey the future meaning. Alternatively this could be a counterfactual conditional "If there were no oxygen ... would remain".
    – Colin Fine
    Dec 5 '16 at 11:03
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    @Rompey: I can't see anything wrong with "life" and "perish". "All life" is a common way of saying "All living things".
    – Colin Fine
    Dec 5 '16 at 11:04
  • @ColinFine I'm not trying to be very idiomatic here but thanks for the tip. Dec 5 '16 at 11:04
  • @Rompey That's why I said that by "all life" I mean only all organic existence on the planet but not "inorganic life" Dec 5 '16 at 11:05

I believe that "inorganic material" is the term you are looking for.

being or composed of matter other than plant or animal

forming or belonging to the inanimate world


  • Will it mean all kinds of materials + robots and structures (buildings and e.t.c)? Dec 5 '16 at 10:55
  • And it's an adjective, whilst I need a noun. Material here implies only matter, doesn't it? Dec 5 '16 at 10:57
  • No, "material" is a noun as well as an adjective (and nowadays it's much more common as a noun than an adjective). But I would say "inorganic matter" rather than "inorganic material". I don't think there's a single word for it.
    – Colin Fine
    Dec 5 '16 at 11:01
  • It shouldn't necessarily be one-word. Dec 5 '16 at 11:03

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