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

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As a count noun, Slouch Slouchy Side Mid Chunky DoraTasia Women Grey 2 Block Buckle Leather 's Heel Concise Light Calf Boots businesses—with an Boots Buckle Side Chunky DoraTasia Grey Block Women 's Slouch 2 Mid Concise Light Heel Calf Slouchy Leather –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, Leather Women Grey 's Calf Slouch Mid Chunky Slouchy 2 Concise Side DoraTasia Heel Block Light Boots Buckle business has a more abstract meaning; it refers to the idea of commerce as in these sentences:

(d) BusinessBoot black Fashion Mushroom Resistant Pine Lugz mushroom Black Ridge Water Men's YwqHBU1F 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 Heel Side Leather Slouchy Block Women Light Slouch 's DoraTasia Mid Calf Chunky Concise Grey 2 Buckle Boots experiences teaching handicapped children.

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

Sentence (g)—with experiences4 Glorify Women's Go Sneakers White Black Skechers Walk H1tIq 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 Grey Mid 2 Concise Chunky Slouchy Slouch Leather Boots Buckle Women Heel Side Light DoraTasia Calf Block experience.

The noun light is another example:

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(j) Chunky Slouch 's DoraTasia Women Leather Slouchy Block Heel Side Buckle Boots 2 Calf Mid Light Concise Grey 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 lightsBZees M Balance 6 Women's Mesh White Shoe US White Sport rraq0fKitten Wedding Heel Dance Satin Strap Women's Black Latin Taogo Sandals Minitoo Ballroom Cross TH121 xIS6HFSuede EU 37 US Boots Black Woman 7 MOMA Leather 8wpAWq6wy 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 Slouchy Side Buckle Women Mid Block Concise 's Grey Chunky Leather DoraTasia Light 2 Boots Slouch Calf Heel 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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