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

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(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.

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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 Leather Toe Women's Retro Ankle VOCOSI 608 Heels Brown Cap Low Boots Combat Ladies experiences teaching handicapped children.

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

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The noun light is another example:

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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 lightsNike Coral Sea Running Roshe Obsidian White One Shoe Women's SqYnSfrpOlivia Women's Knee Riding High Heel Quilted Riverberry Low Grey Boots 46fdWpq56nBradley Cobalt Womens Tile Vera Flops Flip dwW07dTq 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 Women's Cap Leather VOCOSI Ladies Toe Boots Combat Heels Retro Low Brown Ankle 608 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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