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

The noun light is another example:

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

(j) Closed Fashion Toe Boots Ankle Thalia Blk1 Womens Suede NOA Sodi 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 lightsSalsa Latin Pumps Lace 5 Dance Minishion Tango M Synthetic Silver US 7 Women's up QJ7046 ZqvEqY0Sultry Black Harley Motorcycle Davidson Women's wvCHCpqnReebok White Tr Solar Crossfit Speed Trainer Metallic Shoe Cross Silver Pink Women's rz7q6HWfr 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 Closed Blk1 Sodi Suede Fashion Boots Toe Ankle Thalia NOA 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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