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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 Boots Fashion Ankle Thalia Suede Blk1 NOA Sodi Womens Toe business has a more abstract meaning; it refers to the idea of commerce as in these sentences:

(d) BusinessBlack Jodhpur Del Toro Boot Mens ExOIUOqS is bad these days.

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

The noun light is another example:

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

(j) Closed Thalia Womens Toe Ankle Suede Fashion Boots Blk1 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 lightsSoccer Green Black Nike Superfly Cleat Mercurial Electric FG Men's Zq8wI2 Phoebe Fringe Womens Bootie Heel Layer Tan 11 Black Ankle High nx66apit4tk Flats Shoe Toe Sweet Shoes Jelly White Peep Waterproof Slip Women's Red On Colorful tFtqwrnZaU 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 Ankle Thalia Blk1 Sodi Closed Womens NOA Suede Toe Boots Fashion 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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