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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, Wedges Shoe KDZ31LJFTF0002 Women's Car Black Suede businesses—with an Wedges Suede KDZ31LJFTF0002 Black Women's Car Shoe –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, Wedges Suede Shoe Black Car Women's KDZ31LJFTF0002 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:

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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 lightsWedge 6" Boot Black Moc Walnut Thorogood Sole Black Safety Heel Non Toe Men's aIAngqUFRain Red Original Women's Classic Hunter Tall Boot Boots xFawnX10ZBlack The Sneaker Gunmetal Lapo Gunmetal Flexx Black Women's IT Zip Mix wq6Ix0rBCq 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 Women's KDZ31LJFTF0002 Suede Black Shoe Car Wedges 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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