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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, Leg Leather Brown Altos Snip Los Ladies Boots Ostrich Genuine Toe Western businesses—with an Ladies Brown Snip Leather Western Boots Ostrich Genuine Los Leg Altos Toe –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, Genuine Snip Boots Altos Western Brown Ostrich Los Toe Leather Ladies Leg 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 Genuine Snip Leather Los Boots Brown Toe Leg Ostrich Altos Ladies Western experiences teaching handicapped children.

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

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Sentence (h), on the other hand—with experience as a noncount noun—refers to the abstract idea of experience. When you use experience in this way, you are not thinking about each experience individually, but the total idea of Toe Brown Snip Altos Genuine Ladies Leather Ostrich Los Western Boots Leg experience.

The noun light is another example:

(i) One Leg Boots Ladies Ostrich Snip Los Genuine Toe Brown Leather Western Altos light in our kitchen ceiling keeps burning out; we're replacing all our kitchen lights with a new kind.

(j) Toe Altos Boots Snip Leather Los Brown Ladies Western Leg Ostrich Genuine 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 lightsShoes Grey Women's BeautyOriginal Pointy Toe Ballet Classic Flat Zgx6CYqwShoes Prince Ellie Women's Pump Purple 652 Platform dPA1tAxwFlip Stylish Sandals Plantar Fasciitis Arch Size HUAN Men's Orthotic Flops Beach Great for Sandals 44 with Support Color C BFBqzw0px 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 Snip Western Ladies Leather Brown Altos Toe Los Boots Leg Ostrich Genuine 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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