-mann/-leute

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Many compound nouns ending in –mann form the plural number with the ending -leute.

 

Some nouns form the plural number with both the ending -leute and the ending -männer.

 

The difference is that the ending –leute is used in a generic manner and does not refer to gender, while  -männer places more emphasis on gender.

 

Examples plural in -leute plural in -männer
Seemann Seeleute -------
Kaufmann Kaufleute -------
Bergmann Bergleute -------
Feuerwehrmann Feuerwehleute Feuerwehrmänner
Fachmann Fachleute Fachmänner
Wachmann Wachleute Wachmänner