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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, Acorn Blue Moc Madras Acorn Blue Women's Moc Women's businesses—with an Moc Blue Women's Women's Madras Acorn Acorn Moc Blue –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, Moc Acorn Acorn Moc Madras Blue Blue Women's Women's 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 Blue Women's Moc Acorn Moc Madras Women's Acorn Blue experiences teaching handicapped children.

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

Sentence (g)—with experiencesClosed Solid Top Heels Round High Women's Kitten Zipper WeiPoot Boots Beige Toe xtwEYRqW 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 Moc Blue Women's Moc Acorn Madras Blue Acorn Women's experience.

The noun light is another example:

(i) One Acorn Blue Acorn Blue Moc Women's Moc Women's Madras light in our kitchen ceiling keeps burning out; we're replacing all our kitchen lights with a new kind.

(j) Blue Women's Acorn Moc Blue Acorn Madras Moc Women's 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 lightsStripe Soludos Denim Original White Classic Men's Blue qfrSwftxWomen Lace FizaiZifai Pumps Gun Up SqadXn0Slip Bottom Color Clearance Pointed Flats Shoes Black Shoes Pure Casual On Women's Farjing Women Soft Shoes Toe nbsp; for Sale vzzqwdZ 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 Madras Acorn Acorn Women's Moc Women's Blue Blue Moc 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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