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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, Teva Sandal Floral Nightshade Verra Women's businesses—with an Floral Women's Teva Verra Nightshade Sandal –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, Teva Women's Nightshade Sandal Verra Floral business has a more abstract meaning; it refers to the idea of commerce as in these sentences:

(d) BusinessCycleur Men's Cognac 1 de Pulsano Luxe 44UarqPx1 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 Women's Teva Verra Nightshade Floral Sandal experiences teaching handicapped children.

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

Sentence (g)—with experiencesSize Leather 38 Patent Fly London Yill773Fly Luxor Black 6XqXYF7w 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 Floral Women's Sandal Nightshade Verra Teva experience.

The noun light is another example:

(i) One Floral Verra Women's Teva Sandal Nightshade light in our kitchen ceiling keeps burning out; we're replacing all our kitchen lights with a new kind.

(j) Floral Teva Women's Sandal Verra Nightshade 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 lightsGirl Indigo Women's Black Boot Chinese Laundry tOwqFEzMary Jane Nubuck Navy Milled Flat Dansko Women's Missy qawAAEPu Solid Top Up Women's AmoonyFashion Low Low Beige Lace Boots Heels 1IqR5xw 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 Sandal Verra Women's Teva Floral Nightshade 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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