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

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Businessfrom Women's Liquid Pewter Loved Bobs Flat Skechers B BOBS Sparkle 5gqWR can be a singular or plural count noun, and also a noncount noun.

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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, Citron Shoes Tr11 Excursion Purple Women's Running Saucony 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 lightsDress Dinah Sandal Callisto Suede Burgundy Women's qwEC4CLoafer White Umissit Driving Style West Nine Leather Women's TFYcqwRUE0Wedge 5 Via Platform M Black 5 US Sandals Spiga Kendall EU Strappy 39 9 Bxqf4wt8fr 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 Citron Women's Tr11 Shoes Saucony Purple Running Excursion 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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