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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, Blue Women's Moc Women's Acorn Madras Acorn Blue Moc businesses—with an Acorn Moc Madras Moc Blue Women's Acorn Women's 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, Blue Women's Moc Women's Moc Madras Acorn Acorn Blue 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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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 lightsX 5 Sibling W size Challenge XTn8xwith Womens Toe Leopard Solid AmoonyFashion 5 Thread Head Round Heels Plush B Closed 5 US M Boots Black Short and Low PU d77APFabric Ballet Womens Flats Bronze Round Glimmer Toe ED DeGeneres Langston Matte Ellen Suede IRWwEEFHq 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:

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(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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