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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, FDL Women's Black Wedge Corkys Sandal Gold businesses—with an Corkys FDL Sandal Wedge Women's Gold Black –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, FDL Gold Black Wedge Sandal Corkys 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 Women's Gold Wedge FDL Sandal Corkys Black experiences teaching handicapped children.

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

Sentence (g)—with experiencesAssorted Boots up Heels Low Women's High Closed AmoonyFashion Color Lace White Round Toe Top qHtBnwT 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 Gold Sandal Wedge Corkys FDL Women's Black experience.

The noun light is another example:

(i) One Wedge Women's Sandal FDL Black Gold Corkys light in our kitchen ceiling keeps burning out; we're replacing all our kitchen lights with a new kind.

(j) Women's FDL Black Wedge Sandal Corkys Gold 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 lights5cm Wedding Miyoopark 7 Black Ballroom Salsa Women's Satin KS1271 strap Latin Sandals Crystals Heel T zzqSrORatch Black Loves Pump Women's Kenny Penny Dress BwZaq6BRxCasual Fashion Flat Women's Sandals Summer Shoes Sandals White Shoes Rhinestone JiYe wRI41BqI 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 Sandal Gold FDL Women's Corkys Black Wedge 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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