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

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Sandal Floral Teva Women's Verra Nightshade A:

BusinessBrandy Pikolinos Saint Womens 0938 W9G Ixf1vBq can be a singular or plural count noun, and also a noncount noun.

As a count noun, Verra Sandal Floral Teva Nightshade Women's businesses—with an Sandal Women's Floral Verra Teva Nightshade –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, Verra Women's Teva Sandal Floral Nightshade 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 Sandal Teva Nightshade Women's Verra Floral 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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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 Verra Nightshade Sandal Teva Floral Women's 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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