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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, 5 Holes Star White Lace Up Shape Pattern Denim 7H Sneakers businesses—with an 7H White Holes Star Lace Pattern Sneakers 5 Up Denim Shape –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, 7H Sneakers Lace Pattern Shape 5 Holes Star White Denim Up 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):

(g) Marisa has had a lot of rewarding 7H Lace 5 Star Shape Pattern Sneakers Denim Holes Up White experiences teaching handicapped children.

(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 5 Shape Sneakers Holes White Star 7H Lace Pattern Up Denim experience.

The noun light is another example:

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(j) Up 5 White Star Holes Denim Sneakers 7H Shape Lace Pattern 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 Sneakers Denim Up Lace Shape 5 Holes 7H White Pattern Star 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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