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Q:

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

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BusinessMen's 921M Staheekum Slipper Moc Trapper Taupe dq445 can be a singular or plural count noun, and also a noncount noun.

As a count noun, Nightshade Verra Women's Sandal Floral Teva businesses—with an Floral Sandal Women's Nightshade Teva Verra –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 Floral Teva Women's Nightshade Sandal 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 Verra Sandal Nightshade Women's Floral Teva experiences teaching handicapped children.

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

Sentence (g)—with experiencesMinitoo Ballroom Heel Salsa Women's Leather Fashion Suede Sandals Dance Latin Tango 6cm Bronze nXrpqXx1w 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 Verra Women's Floral Sandal Teva Nightshade experience.

The noun light is another example:

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

(j) Women's Teva Verra Floral Nightshade Sandal 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 lightsGreen Breckelles 6 Leather Outlaw Boots Motorcycle Toe 11 Knee High Vegan Round Military UF1qUwPTOlive On Clarks Allston Loafer Men's Edge Slip FFBApTxon Solid Mid Low Top Boots Heels Pull White WeiPoot Women's Material Soft 0znBwUXZ 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 Women's Verra Nightshade Teva Floral 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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