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If I wanted to talk about treasure owned by multiple explorers, how would I write it?

The explorers' treasure.


The explorer's treasure.

Is the plural form of explorer considered irregular?

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In the case of explorer (as with any regular noun; explorer is not irregular), plural adds -s (i.e. explorers), possessive adds -'s (explorer's), but both plural and possessive together add -s' (explorers'). Therefore, your first example is correct:

The explorers' treasure

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Thanks. How would it be pronounced phonetically? – James Hill Nov 7 '11 at 20:01
All three options in my answer would be pronounced the same. – Daniel Nov 7 '11 at 20:04
Thanks for the detailed answer. I'll accept when the time-limit has expired. – James Hill Nov 7 '11 at 20:06

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