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

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

The noun light is another example:

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