The AP style guide suggests that things like "Farmers Markets" or "Veterans Cemeteries" cannot "belong" to the members of the groups for which they were set up.

I would posit that a thing for the use of a group (e.g., farmers or veterans), has an implied ownership...more collectively, but I feel it's ownership nonetheless, and would write farmers' market and veterans' cemetery.

Anyone have any experience with this, and can anyone explain the subtleties of ownership vs non-ownership in these cases? I'm trying to wrap my head around why AP chose the guideline they did.


Could you post an excerpt of the guide you are referring to? That sounds very strange to me. I would use Farmers' markets.

Google ngrams seems to agree with me, farmers' market is by far the commonest form with farmer's markets and farmers markets distant seconds.

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