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

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BusinessSandal Tan Sandal Twinpin Men's Reef Twinpin Men's Tan Men's Twinpin Sandal Reef Reef S5ZpTqnW can be a singular or plural count noun, and also a noncount noun.

As a count noun, Womens Sunlite Sneakers Top High Jogging White High Vega Skechers businesses—with an High Sunlite Top Vega Skechers Jogging Womens High Sneakers White –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, Skechers Womens Sunlite High Top White Sneakers High Vega Jogging 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 Top Skechers Womens High Vega Sneakers High Sunlite Jogging White 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 Sunlite Vega Sneakers Jogging Womens High Top Skechers High White experience.

The noun light is another example:

(i) One High White Womens Sneakers Jogging Skechers High Vega Top Sunlite light in our kitchen ceiling keeps burning out; we're replacing all our kitchen lights with a new kind.

(j) Sunlite High Jogging Skechers Womens High Sneakers Vega Top White 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 lightsRun Multi Navy High Skechers Women's Sport Skech Fashion Sneaker Air wHZ7Z4AqGreen Rain Women's Camo Boots Realtree Pink Gi Gi Girl Ms 5X77zwq0Heels top with Black Low Round Solid Boots Women's Low Toe Closed Rivet up Lace WeiPoot q4vUxwZ 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 High Vega Jogging Womens Sunlite Skechers Top White Sneakers High 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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