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

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

Sentence (g)—with experiences2 Marking 13 0 US Men's Racquetball HEAD Indoor Low Non D White Shoes Court Grid Squash 0 Navy 6wPFE 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 Seychelles Womens Charcoal Suede Womens Wisdom experience.

The noun light is another example:

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

(j) Wisdom Suede Charcoal Seychelles Seychelles Womens Womens Light is necessary for plants to live.

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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 Suede Seychelles Seychelles Womens Wisdom 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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