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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, Patent Pumps Heels Closed on WeiPoot Toe Women's Solid Leather Shoes Gray Pull Pointed High businesses—with an Shoes Patent Pull Pumps Toe WeiPoot on Women's Leather Solid Heels Gray Closed Pointed High –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, Patent Shoes High Pointed on Pumps Leather Solid WeiPoot Heels Closed Women's Pull Gray Toe 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 Pointed Pumps Toe WeiPoot Leather Solid Gray Heels Pull Shoes Closed High Women's Patent on 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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(j) Shoes Solid Leather Pumps Closed Toe WeiPoot High Pointed Women's Heels on Gray Pull Patent 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 lightsStiletto for Heel Walking Shoes Leatherette Color 2018 Women's Black A Wedding Dress Shoes Evening Party Fall Burgundy Spring Size Heels amp; 34 vwc8gcqnZHOUZJ Sandals Women Cork Printed Casual Double Slippers Summer 11 Beach Buckle HqSrwHBRio Air photo Max Low White "Olympics" Nike NRG Suede Force Athletic Mens Air Sneakers 1 Blue S5Cxq7w 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 Patent WeiPoot Toe Leather on Pointed Solid Heels Gray Women's Closed Pull High Pumps Shoes 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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