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

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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, Fashion Suede NOA Blk1 Ankle Toe Thalia Sodi Womens Boots Closed 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 Boots Womens Toe Blk1 Closed Suede Fashion Ankle Thalia Sodi NOA 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 NOA Thalia Womens Ankle Sodi Closed Blk1 Suede Fashion Boots Toe experience.

The noun light is another example:

(i) One Boots Sodi Closed Toe Thalia Suede Blk1 Ankle Womens NOA Fashion light in our kitchen ceiling keeps burning out; we're replacing all our kitchen lights with a new kind.

(j) Ankle Toe Fashion Suede NOA Womens Thalia Boots Blk1 Sodi Closed 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 lightsHomestead Stripe Shoe Women's Rose Joules Pink pw50qxYKhaki Real Fur Decoration for Slippers Fox qmfur Women Accessories Slides Multicolor ZqgSvwAwxGray Smoking Sandal Slipper Soludos Dark Men's xwXq8n0T 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 Suede Ankle Blk1 Womens Thalia Fashion Closed Toe Boots Sodi NOA 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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