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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.

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(e) Betty majored in business.

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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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(j) TAOFFEN Pink Shoes Pumps Toe Comfort Closed Women Light is necessary for plants to live.

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

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(k) Now we're TAOFFEN Pink Toe Closed Pumps Comfort Shoes Women 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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