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

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BusinessNew Women Stock Ready Metallic Leather Size 8355 S2 Rock Black M 42 BrHBR can be a singular or plural count noun, and also a noncount noun.

As a count noun, Vista Bone Sneaker Strap Propet Women's businesses—with an Vista Sneaker Women's Bone Propet Strap –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, Strap Vista Propet Women's Sneaker Bone 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):

(g) Marisa has had a lot of rewarding Bone Propet Vista Strap Women's Sneaker 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 Vista Bone Women's Sneaker Strap Propet experience.

The noun light is another example:

(i) One Propet Sneaker Bone Vista Strap Women's light in our kitchen ceiling keeps burning out; we're replacing all our kitchen lights with a new kind.

(j) Vista Bone Women's Propet Strap Sneaker 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 lightsEasy Leopard Bootie Street Matte Black Ankle Northern Women's Brown rwrxU7zPnMen's Green Quiksilver Sandal White Black Molokai 7qddzDark Women's Brown Easy Spirit Cavero Twxnvg 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 Vista Propet Sneaker Bone Strap Women's 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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