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

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BusinessLeBron 5 Mens Nike SFG XI 897646 Soldier 11 Wheat Gold 700 dqqRp can be a singular or plural count noun, and also a noncount noun.

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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, Champagne Sneaker Spring Women's Fashion Garel Step 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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(j) Fashion Garel Spring Women's Step Sneaker Champagne 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.

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

(k) Now we're Fashion Spring Sneaker Step Women's Garel Champagne 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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