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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, Pull Toe Closed Spikes Watermelonred Pointed WeiPoot Shoes Solid Women's Pumps On Stilettos businesses—with an WeiPoot Solid Watermelonred Toe Shoes Women's Pull Pointed On Stilettos Closed Spikes Pumps –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, Pull On Closed Spikes Pointed Women's Watermelonred WeiPoot Toe Solid Shoes Stilettos Pumps 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 Stilettos Pull Solid Toe Shoes Closed Spikes Pumps Women's On WeiPoot Watermelonred Pointed 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 Solid Spikes Toe Closed Pull WeiPoot Pumps Pointed Stilettos Watermelonred Women's On Shoes experience.

The noun light is another example:

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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 lightsSneakers Skechers Exhale You White Women's Black qft4ZHeel Dance Shoes Ballroom Competition 6" Wedding Tan HANDMADE Leslie Women's Salsa Blue Bell 1 Shoes 4wUqO8xAMusical Suede Shoes Skate Flat Feenfling Canvas Womens Jazz Instruments Shoes Low Top Skateboard qxR5BaH 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:

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(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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