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I got to learn that the word Попутчик means "fellow traveller" (underlying a short piece of journey shared among two travellers). I was wondering what the female gender looks like, singular and plural. For example, if Попутчик is one fellow traveller and Попутчики are two or more of them, how can I express the same for the female case?

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    Is the question about "путник" or "попутчик"?
    – V.V.
    Sep 21 '19 at 13:31
  • As far as I could understand, по-, or equivalently с-, to form the word Спутник, are prefixes but the main word, so to speak, remains путник. So that I thought that the suffix according to gender an numerosity would have displayed no variations
    – matte
    Sep 21 '19 at 13:56
  • @Matteo But попутчик is not попутник... Obviously all these things are derived from путь but it's still quite far from just adding arbitrary prefixes and suffixes. Either way the current title is confusing (since the Q is solely about попутчик in the end). Sep 21 '19 at 14:01
  • You're right! Sorry for the lapse, I edited the title. However, what about Попутчик and Попутник? How do these two item differ?
    – matte
    Sep 21 '19 at 15:18
  • However, what about Попутчик and Попутник? How do these two item differ? - It's simple: попутник does not exist in Russian. Sep 21 '19 at 18:12
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It's попутчица in single and попутчицы in plural. More general, -чик has correspondence -чица. Be warned however, that it's not always an equally used feminine form and there's ongoing discussion to what extent we should use feminitives (see also this question) in Russian.

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  • Thanks for your answer, really helpful!
    – matte
    Sep 21 '19 at 13:53

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