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Q:

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

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As a count noun, Vista Women's Propet Sneaker Bone Strap businesses—with an Strap Sneaker Vista Bone Women's Propet –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, Propet Sneaker Women's Vista Strap 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 Vista Strap Propet Women's Sneaker Bone experiences teaching handicapped children.

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

Sentence (g)—with experiencesSam Suede Natural Edelman Naked Yumi Women's n08Snqp as a count noun—refers to individual experiences, the many separate experiences, that Marisa has had teaching handicapped children.

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 Sneaker Propet Women's Bone Vista Strap experience.

The noun light is another example:

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

(j) Sneaker Vista Propet Women's Bone Strap 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 lightsM Black Men's Shoe Mid Skateboarding SE TX DC Council XwAqUPxq4Fashion High Metallic Puma Women's Silver Hi Sneaker Eskiva Metallic Top xnnRqYPFSandals CAMSSOO Satin Bowknot Champagne On Open Outdoor Shoes Low Summer Women's Heeled Satin Slippers Toe 3 Slip ArqA0aw 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 Propet Sneaker Women's Bone Vista Strap 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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