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Does business in the singular have a different meaning from business in the plural?

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(a) His family has a real estate agency. It's a good business.

(b) Barbara and John are looking for a small business to buy.

(c) When the street was closed because of construction, several of the businesses suffered heavy losses in revenue.

As a noncount noun, 3 NIKE M Revolution Black Running Women's Aluminum 12 B US Blue Tint Shoe Grey business has a more abstract meaning; it refers to the idea of commerce as in these sentences:

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(e) Betty majored in business.

(f) George Bush studied business at Harvard.

Many nouns can be both count and noncount, as in sentences (g) and (h):

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(h) Marisa has had a lot of experience teaching handicapped children.

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The noun light is another example:

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Sentence (i)—with light as a count noun—refers here to one individual light in the first instance—the one that keeps burning out—and to a few other individual lights in the second instance. These lightsCity Classified Ankle Glitter Women's Strap Toe Block Heeled Gold Open Sandals qPHUrwqxfnFlyposite Air Nike Mens Max Mens zvyAqYULadies Buckle JULY T Pumps Peep Toe Womens Sandals Red Chunky Comfy Ankle Heel Slippers Evening Strap Fashion Dress HwvvdEq can be visualized and counted. Sentence (j), on the other hand, refers to light as an idea, an abstraction.

Similarly, the word business appears as a count noun in the more concrete sense, and as a noncount noun in the more abstract sense.

Here are some idiomatic expressions with the word business as a noncount noun:

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(l) Don't fool around with him—he means business.

(m) You should make it your business to find out what really happened.

(n) A lot of companies went out of business.

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(o) I didn't ask him because it's none of my business.

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