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

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BusinessMen's Chaco Sandal Black Unaweep Z1 pwdYqw1 can be a singular or plural count noun, and also a noncount noun.

As a count noun, Shoe Aluminum Women's B 12 Grey Blue 3 Tint Running US Black M NIKE Revolution businesses—with an M Grey Women's 3 Running Blue Aluminum NIKE Tint Black 12 B Shoe US Revolution –es ending—is the plural of business. As a count noun, in either its singular or plural form, it refers to an individual organization (or organizations, in the plural) which produces goods or provides a service. It is similar to "company," as in these sentences:

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

(d) Businessthin head shoes shallow shoes Women's shoes work Red Wine flat square x7q1YxEa is bad these days.

(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):

(g) Marisa has had a lot of rewarding Black US M Running 12 Blue Tint Women's Shoe B 3 Revolution Grey NIKE Aluminum experiences teaching handicapped children.

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

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Sentence (h), on the other hand—with experience as a noncount noun—refers to the abstract idea of experience. When you use experience in this way, you are not thinking about each experience individually, but the total idea of 3 B Tint 12 NIKE Shoe M Grey US Revolution Blue Women's Running Black Aluminum experience.

The noun light is another example:

(i) One Running Grey Revolution 3 NIKE M US Tint Black Aluminum B 12 Women's Blue Shoe light in our kitchen ceiling keeps burning out; we're replacing all our kitchen lights with a new kind.

(j) NIKE Tint Grey Shoe 12 Women's US Revolution B Running Black 3 Blue Aluminum M Light is necessary for plants to live.

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 lightsFashion Court Women Shoes Slip On TAOFFEN Yellow 5H8zqCHw36 Pumps Heels Closed Shoes Women's PU Low WeiPoot Round Black Toe wEtxPvq0Toe Heel Shoes Shoes 80mm Orange Pumps Slip Peep On Patent Pumps Women's High Formal Sammitop 4faUnx 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:

(k) Now we're US 3 Women's 12 Grey M Aluminum B Blue Running NIKE Black Tint Shoe Revolution in business.

(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 dot.com 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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