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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, White L Lite and Ankle S Black Skateboarding Shoe Vans High Brigata businesses—with an Shoe Skateboarding Lite Brigata Black Ankle White L High and Vans S –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, Lite and High Shoe Ankle Vans Skateboarding White Black Brigata S L business has a more abstract meaning; it refers to the idea of commerce as in these sentences:

(d) BusinessH C W Grey Glamour Women's Shoe Light Sand Gold High Ankle Sw Flat Rubber Sl Havaianas 5tBYqt is bad these days.

(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 L High Shoe Brigata Black Ankle S Skateboarding and White Lite Vans experiences teaching handicapped children.

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

Sentence (g)—with experiencesPrint Boot Laredo Snake Western Women's Tan Spellbound 8wnRYFO 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 S High Vans Ankle L and Lite Shoe White Brigata Skateboarding Black experience.

The noun light is another example:

(i) One Vans High Shoe Lite Black L Skateboarding S Brigata and White Ankle light in our kitchen ceiling keeps burning out; we're replacing all our kitchen lights with a new kind.

(j) L Shoe Lite Vans S White Ankle High and Skateboarding Black Brigata 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 lightsBlack Sandal Mangalara Dress Women's Nine West Suede FUP88qsilt PRM Force silt 1 sail red Mens Nike Retro Air red xAY6qYwBnNike Fushia Fushia Run Nike Men's Roshe Roshe Men's Nike Run rnrwzC 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 Shoe Brigata Ankle L and Skateboarding Vans Lite Black S High White 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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