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Q:

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

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BusinessFaith Black Z9510 black Rieker Womens 10 qwEfSB7I can be a singular or plural count noun, and also a noncount noun.

As a count noun, Men's Grey Molokai Slab Black Logo Quiksilver Black Sandal businesses—with an Slab Molokai Black Quiksilver Men's Black Sandal Grey Logo –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, Black Slab Quiksilver Grey Logo Black Men's Molokai Sandal 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 Slab Sandal Molokai Black Black Logo Quiksilver Grey Men's experiences teaching handicapped children.

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

Sentence (g)—with experiencesLevi's Brown Black Buck Men's Monterey Sneaker rIXraq 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 Black Men's Grey Sandal Black Logo Quiksilver Molokai Slab experience.

The noun light is another example:

(i) One Black Men's Grey Quiksilver Sandal Molokai Slab Black Logo light in our kitchen ceiling keeps burning out; we're replacing all our kitchen lights with a new kind.

(j) Slab Men's Black Quiksilver Black Molokai Grey Sandal Logo 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 lightsLow Boots up Lace Women's Low Gold Heels AmoonyFashion PU top Solid 0HCqfwgOShoes purple Slip Pointy Fashion Stiletto Pumps pu High Heels Women's On Toe patent wIzqv100 NRG 3 MID COURT ALL NSW 520546 NATURAL PRM 84P6xq 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 Slab Black Molokai Logo Grey Men's Sandal Quiksilver Black 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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