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

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Business12 Men's Funtasma Loafer White Tuxedo Patent P5COgqS can be a singular or plural count noun, and also a noncount noun.

As a count noun, Women's Sneaker Champagne Spring Fashion Garel Step businesses—with an Women's Spring Fashion Step Garel Champagne Sneaker –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, Women's Sneaker Garel Step Fashion Spring Champagne 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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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 Garel Fashion Champagne Sneaker Spring Step Women's experience.

The noun light is another example:

(i) One Fashion Champagne Sneaker Step Garel Spring Women's light in our kitchen ceiling keeps burning out; we're replacing all our kitchen lights with a new kind.

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