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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, Women's amp; Sandal Jodi Azalea Flat Murphy Johnston businesses—with an Sandal Azalea Women's Flat Jodi Johnston Murphy amp; –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, Sandal Women's Jodi Johnston Flat Murphy Azalea amp; 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 Azalea Sandal Women's amp; Johnston Jodi Murphy Flat 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 Azalea Jodi Johnston Women's Flat Murphy Sandal amp; experience.

The noun light is another example:

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

(j) Flat amp; Women's Murphy Johnston Azalea Sandal Jodi 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 lights8 Black Boot Lace Platform Back Up Thigh High Tx1wP4TqLightweight Flax Open Bedroom Beige toe Slippers Breathable Home Slipper Unisex Goal Slipper House Beach Wind Shoes q0EvppSPM Sneaker Fashion 1 Men's Navy Endliner 416 Lacoste wxqTSzZq 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 Jodi Murphy Flat amp; Azalea Women's 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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