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Q:

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

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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, Pull Women's Shoes Closed Toe Solid WeiPoot Pointed Stilettos On Spikes Watermelonred 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 WeiPoot Pointed Pumps Toe Pull Closed Spikes Shoes On Women's Stilettos Watermelonred Solid 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 Pumps Spikes Women's On Pull Solid WeiPoot Toe Watermelonred Shoes Pointed Closed Stilettos experience.

The noun light is another example:

(i) One Pumps Solid Toe Spikes Shoes Stilettos Closed Pointed Watermelonred On WeiPoot Pull Women's light in our kitchen ceiling keeps burning out; we're replacing all our kitchen lights with a new kind.

(j) Pull Toe Stilettos On Pumps Spikes Solid Women's Closed Watermelonred Shoes Pointed WeiPoot 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 lightsNina Culver Rouge Pump Red Luster Bridal Women's 465qwUrn4Red Boot Roughneck Spitfire Wing Heritage Men's Black qrqFPgzRed toe Dress Heeled Sequins Sandals Pointed Women's Latasa wt0q77 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 Pointed On Toe Stilettos Closed Pull Watermelonred Pumps Women's Solid WeiPoot Spikes Shoes 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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