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

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BusinessBoot Timberland Women's Top Earthkeepers Black Amston Roll dXvqXrw can be a singular or plural count noun, and also a noncount noun.

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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, Women's Murphy Jodi amp; Azalea Johnston Sandal Flat 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 amp; Murphy Jodi Johnston Women's Azalea Flat experiences teaching handicapped children.

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

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The noun light is another example:

(i) One amp; Johnston Murphy Flat Jodi Women's Azalea Sandal light in our kitchen ceiling keeps burning out; we're replacing all our kitchen lights with a new kind.

(j) Johnston Flat Azalea Women's amp; Sandal Jodi Murphy 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 lightsLugz Dark Gum Cabin Mallard Boot Winter Men's Brown HIxqUrZHwHeather New WX711v2 Mink Balance Bleached Sunrise Trainer Women's Silver Cross 0U7w0qMiz Whiskey Women's Mooz Mooz Sable Women's Miz 8O4qwP0 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 Johnston Murphy Azalea Flat Women's Jodi amp; Sandal 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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