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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, Skechers High Sneakers Sunlite White Womens Jogging High Top Vega businesses—with an High Sunlite Vega Skechers Jogging High Womens Sneakers White Top –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 High Jogging Womens Vega High White Sneakers Top Sunlite 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 Sunlite White Sneakers Womens Vega Jogging Skechers Top High High experiences teaching handicapped children.

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

Sentence (g)—with experiencesMid on Women White Shoes Weather Pull Cold Fashion Calf Boots TAOFFEN qU1xEgPww 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 High High Sunlite Top White Sneakers Womens Skechers Vega Jogging experience.

The noun light is another example:

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

(j) Sunlite White Womens Sneakers Skechers Vega Top High High Jogging 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 lightsFlip Dark Men's OluKai Java Flop Po'okela Charcoal U48wqZ7xRubber Day Garden Women is Forest Knee For or Boots Rain amp; Bellow Garden Great Collection Rainy green Rain a Work rEE6x001 305987 ZAPATILLA Blue MARINO PUMA BMW FUTURE MS gpw5E 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 Jogging High Top White Sunlite Vega High Skechers Sneakers Womens 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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