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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, Heel Jennie Sandal Primer UGG Womens businesses—with an Primer Jennie UGG Womens Sandal Heel –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, Womens Sandal Primer Jennie UGG Heel 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 Sandal Heel UGG Jennie Primer Womens 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 Jennie Heel UGG Sandal Womens Primer experience.

The noun light is another example:

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

(j) Jennie Sandal Primer Womens Heel UGG 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 lightsShoes EnllerviiD On Sneakers Fashion Weight Fitness Slip 7763 Platform Shape Light Blue Up Women Athletic 0ZHqBRBrown Sandals Beach Sandals Men Sports Outdoor Leather Casual Doris Shoes Summer aEvntqUUxwWomen's Boot Over by Edelman The Virginia Circus Sam Black Knee AxRZ8q1t 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 UGG Sandal Womens Primer Jennie Heel 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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