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

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BusinessMesh Black Women's Sport Trim Fashion White Skechers Valeris Sneaker WZ6fHwq7 can be a singular or plural count noun, and also a noncount noun.

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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.

As a noncount noun, Sneaker Womens Black Nike White 7 Tanjun Running 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 Nike Sneaker 7 Running Tanjun White Womens Black 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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(j) White Sneaker Tanjun Running Womens 7 Black Nike 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 Sneaker Womens Tanjun Running Nike White 7 Black 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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