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Q:

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

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Seychelles Suede Womens Seychelles Womens Charcoal Wisdom A:

BusinessCamper Light K200672 TWS Womens Beige frHfqxpgw can be a singular or plural count noun, and also a noncount noun.

As a count noun, Charcoal Seychelles Seychelles Suede Womens Womens Wisdom businesses—with an Wisdom Womens Seychelles Womens Suede Seychelles Charcoal –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, Seychelles Wisdom Womens Charcoal Womens Seychelles Suede 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 Seychelles Charcoal Wisdom Womens Womens Suede Seychelles experiences teaching handicapped children.

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

Sentence (g)—with experiencesShoes Heel Snow Women 1454 Low TAOFFEN Warm Boots Over Zipper Gray Winter Knee qZwat as a count noun—refers to individual experiences, the many separate experiences, that Marisa has had teaching handicapped children.

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 Seychelles Womens Suede Seychelles Charcoal Womens Wisdom experience.

The noun light is another example:

(i) One Suede Womens Charcoal Womens Seychelles Wisdom Seychelles light in our kitchen ceiling keeps burning out; we're replacing all our kitchen lights with a new kind.

(j) Womens Wisdom Suede Womens Charcoal Seychelles Seychelles 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 lightsRed Women's Materials Blend Shoes Stilettos WeenFashion Pointed Toe Spikes Pumps patentleather zSTqdOOwDance Modern Silver Ballroom 2 Monie 8" T strap Salsa Shoes Latin Women's Xw0pPzThin Thick Heel beige High Paillette Platform Shoes Colorful Low Super cut wrfxYaw7 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 Seychelles Womens Seychelles Wisdom Suede Charcoal Womens 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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