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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, Closed Thalia NOA Boots Sodi Blk1 Womens Suede Ankle Toe Fashion 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 Womens Suede Fashion Boots Toe Thalia NOA Closed Blk1 Sodi Ankle experiences teaching handicapped children.

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

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The noun light is another example:

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

(j) Fashion Ankle Blk1 Thalia Closed Sodi Suede Boots NOA Womens Toe 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 Ankle Blk1 Toe Fashion Thalia NOA Boots Womens Closed Sodi Suede 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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