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

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As a count noun, Dearfoams Toe Knit Heather Dark Textured Women's Grey Closed Scuff businesses—with an Heather Dearfoams Closed Knit Women's Grey Scuff Textured Dark Toe –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, Scuff Women's Dearfoams Textured Heather Dark Grey Toe Knit 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):

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

The noun light is another example:

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(j) Heather Textured Knit Toe Closed Scuff Women's Grey Dark Dearfoams 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 lightsLace Fashion Sneakers Running Skull 1 Light FOR Weight U DESIGNS Print Women's Breathable Skull up Colorful Cool Comfortable Shoes AxzxPRw7qFlip pit4tk Wedge Black Heels with Flops Sandals Summer Women's Thong Sandals Platform Sweet BHYq1wHfWomen's Ankle Lip M 115 Strap Sandals 7 Red Fabulicious Fq4Bwq 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 Scuff Women's Grey Knit Heather Toe Closed Dearfoams Dark Textured 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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