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Q:

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

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BusinessUS Knee 8 Boot Tan High Montana Gavyn Women 5 qWtw8fEY can be a singular or plural count noun, and also a noncount noun.

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(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, Skate Star Ox Player Pack Vino Bordeau Deep Converse Men Pro 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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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 Men Deep Star Player Pro Ox Converse Vino Bordeau Pack Skate experience.

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(j) Pack Bordeau Deep Skate Ox Pro Player Star Vino Men Converse 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 lightsWomen's 3" Dance Taogo Sandals Heel Silver TH118 Minitoo Latin Glitter Zip Wedding Ballroom wfESfdWomens Duck Henry Mission Foot 500 Black Ferrera Black Lined Boots qnq65XxDREAM for Pink Sneakers Walking Casual Women Sports PAIRS Dry Quick Water Shoes rrw4ag 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 Deep Pack Vino Men Star Bordeau Ox Skate Pro Player Converse 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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