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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, Indoor Black Short Slippers Leopard Mount Womens Noble Print Boot Burgundy Wildside 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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(j) Black Womens Leopard Indoor Noble Slippers Mount Wildside Boot Short Burgundy Print 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 lightsBlue on Loafters Santimon Slippers Comfortable Scuff Leather Soft Slip Shoes Men's 8Cq0vGiesswein Wildpoldsried Taupe Wildpoldsried Giesswein Taupe Taupe Giesswein Wildpoldsried Giesswein Wildpoldsried wawF1Ankle TAUPE Bugatti J47255G Boots Women 182 grey wHI5rIq 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 Slippers Burgundy Leopard Womens Short Print Wildside Mount Boot Black Indoor Noble 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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