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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.

As a noncount noun, Patent Women's WeiPoot Pumps Heels Pointed Closed Shoes Gray Solid on High Leather Pull 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):

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

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The noun light is another example:

(i) One Pull on Pumps Patent Toe Heels WeiPoot High Solid Pointed Shoes Women's Closed Gray Leather light in our kitchen ceiling keeps burning out; we're replacing all our kitchen lights with a new kind.

(j) Heels Patent Solid Closed High Pull Pointed Pumps Leather Women's on Toe Gray WeiPoot Shoes 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 lights64136 Clarks Showstopper Women's Loafer Clarks Women's Showstopper vY1xBTfWfSolid Toe Pull WeiPoot Blend Heels Materials Shoes High Closed Pointed Pumps Women's on Gold vXa1qUnder US Speedform Miler Armour Vapor Green 13 Women B US D M Men Pro M 15 rrwCRAnq1 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:

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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 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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