Could you explain the difference between these two examples?

1) Mary's and George's children are... 2) Mary and George's children are...


I have seen in a newspaper a sentence where there was this: "The Trump administration". Why isn't there 's? I thought it should be "The Trump's administration".

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In your first question:

Mary's and George's children

Denotes that you are talking about (Mary's children) and (George's children), who may not be the same children.

Mary and George's children

Denotes that you are referring to the children of (Mary and George), as a singular unit.

"The Trump Administration" uses a convention in English where a noun can be used to describe another noun, by using the article the in "The Trump administration". It would be synonymous with "Trump's Administration", but not "The Trump's Administration"

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