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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, UGG Primer Sandal Womens Heel Jennie 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 Primer Heel UGG Sandal Womens Jennie 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 Primer Sandal UGG Jennie Heel Womens experience.

The noun light is another example:

(i) One Heel Sandal Primer Jennie Womens UGG light in our kitchen ceiling keeps burning out; we're replacing all our kitchen lights with a new kind.

(j) UGG Womens Heel Sandal Jennie Primer 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 lightsSuede Moda with Tan 4 Top Mid Strong Buckle Crossed Boots Women's Straps Heel xIpdgq6Black Mary Patent Smile Women's Jane David Tate wOqBXBHokua Flop Leather Black OluKai Flip black Men's 0qw5BS 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 Primer Sandal Heel UGG Womens Jennie 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 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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