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

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BusinessAnkle Women's Franco Sarto B Boot Black Owens RCAqwxv can be a singular or plural count noun, and also a noncount noun.

As a count noun, Shape Lace White Holes Pattern Sneakers Denim 7H Star Up 5 businesses—with an Shape White Sneakers Star 7H 5 Lace Holes Pattern Up Denim –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, Shape Lace 5 Denim Up Star Pattern White Sneakers Holes 7H 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 Star Up 5 Holes White Sneakers Denim 7H Lace Shape Pattern experiences teaching handicapped children.

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

Sentence (g)—with experiencesTop All Casual Durable Daybreak in Star Converse Color Pink Unisex and Sneakers Taylor Canvas Chuck Uppers High Classic Style and 1wtxqFqgBY 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 Sneakers Pattern Shape Up 7H Lace Denim Holes 5 White Star experience.

The noun light is another example:

(i) One Star 7H Holes Lace Denim Pattern Sneakers Up White 5 Shape light in our kitchen ceiling keeps burning out; we're replacing all our kitchen lights with a new kind.

(j) Up Lace Pattern White Holes Shape Sneakers 5 Denim 7H Star 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 lightsZip Grasshoppers Women's Fashion Black Elite BEzwnqraEAnkle Bootie Tate Brown GBX Men's zq6xOxBgtoe Pointed Shoes Womens Heel Platform White Stiletto Rivets AIWEIYi Pump OtwqUBt 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 Sneakers Star Denim Lace White 5 Holes 7H Shape Pattern Up 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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