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

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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.

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(e) Betty majored in business.

(f) George Bush studied business at Harvard.

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

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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.

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(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 companies went out of business.

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