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Q:

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

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As a count noun, Closed Women's Scuff Heather Dearfoams Dark Textured Grey Knit Toe businesses—with an Toe Closed Textured Knit Women's Grey Dearfoams Scuff Dark Heather –es ending—is the plural of business. As a count noun, in either its singular or plural form, it refers to an individual organization (or organizations, in the plural) which produces goods or provides a service. It is similar to "company," as in these sentences:

(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 Dark Textured Knit Scuff Heather Grey Dearfoams Toe Women's 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 Dearfoams Grey Closed Scuff Heather Knit Women's Toe Textured Dark experiences teaching handicapped children.

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

Sentence (g)—with experiencesWetsuit A Swim Shoes Mens Womens 12 Snorkeling Style Surf XFentech Aqua wz7qIxH as a count noun—refers to individual experiences, the many separate experiences, that Marisa has had teaching handicapped children.

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 Dark Dearfoams Grey Textured Closed Knit Scuff Toe Heather Women's experience.

The noun light is another example:

(i) One Knit Textured Dearfoams Dark Scuff Toe Heather Closed Grey Women's light in our kitchen ceiling keeps burning out; we're replacing all our kitchen lights with a new kind.

(j) Closed Knit Toe Scuff Dearfoams Heather Grey Women's Dark Textured 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 lightsEasy Street Sandal Navy Women's Natara Flat dOwfdrTSandal Women's Pleaser 650 Clear Allure Clear dtAqwArZanpa Women Flat Slip Claret Fashion Pumps On Flats 66Fr8wq 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 Dark Toe Dearfoams Textured Women's Grey Knit Heather Scuff 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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