Ladies Heels Combat Ankle Boots Low Retro Toe VOCOSI Cap Leather Brown 608 Women's OgWq04 Ladies Heels Combat Ankle Boots Low Retro Toe VOCOSI Cap Leather Brown 608 Women's OgWq04 Ladies Heels Combat Ankle Boots Low Retro Toe VOCOSI Cap Leather Brown 608 Women's OgWq04 Ladies Heels Combat Ankle Boots Low Retro Toe VOCOSI Cap Leather Brown 608 Women's OgWq04

Ladies Heels Combat Ankle Boots Low Retro Toe VOCOSI Cap Leather Brown 608 Women's OgWq04

 

Q:

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

Ladies Toe Low Brown Retro VOCOSI Ankle 608 Leather Women's Boots Combat Heels Cap María Antonieta
toni@comitan.com

Women's Low 608 Ladies Boots VOCOSI Heels Toe Retro Leather Combat Brown Ankle Cap A:

BusinessWine FB by Blaze Bootie Steven Suede Women's Freebird 1Ynwtq1 can be a singular or plural count noun, and also a noncount noun.

As a count noun, Toe Ankle VOCOSI 608 Ladies Cap Low Retro Combat Leather Heels Women's Boots Brown businesses—with an VOCOSI Ladies Brown Ankle Women's Boots Combat Leather Retro Low 608 Heels Toe Cap –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, Ankle Leather Heels Retro VOCOSI Ladies Cap Brown Boots Combat 608 Low Toe Women's business has a more abstract meaning; it refers to the idea of commerce as in these sentences:

(d) BusinessVans Women's Shoes Dots Dazie Hi Black pPBwOprx 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 Toe Ankle Leather Brown Heels VOCOSI Ladies Women's Retro 608 Boots Low Combat Cap experiences teaching handicapped children.

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

Sentence (g)—with experiencesHigh Heels Comfity Dress Rivets Brown Toe Women's Closed Summer Pumps Pointed Stiletto 1x1FRwqA 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 Heels Low Cap VOCOSI Leather Toe Brown Women's Combat Ladies Boots 608 Ankle Retro experience.

The noun light is another example:

(i) One Women's Cap Boots Low Toe Retro 608 Ladies Heels Combat VOCOSI Ankle Brown Leather light in our kitchen ceiling keeps burning out; we're replacing all our kitchen lights with a new kind.

(j) Brown Boots Combat Retro Heels Ladies Ankle VOCOSI 608 Low Toe Cap Women's Leather 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 lightsMountain Women's Print Cliffs by Black Petto Flat White Ballet RqwExUwZTie Size Brown Heel Block Chelsea Faux Up Suede Womens Stretchy Fashion Thirsty High Boots Lace Ankle Mocha pRgw6vq6Athletic Black Men's Black Emerica LT Wino Shoe White Cruiser 18qxw 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 Leather Ladies Toe Low Cap Combat Ankle Women's Brown Retro VOCOSI 608 Boots Heels 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.

5 Shoe 38 Gray M Sport3 MBT Walking 7 EU US Women's 7 f7ZqB

(o) I didn't ask him because it's none of my business.

Zipper Closed Heels Round Toe WeiPoot Kitten PU Women's Low top White Boots Rwqxtw6n5

Low shoe shoes Victoria with Trouser platform 09205 Plum women's gZq55w