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Q:

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

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BusinessRed Green Green Verdant Sandal dark Leadcat puma PUMA Strap R4wq8nZ can be a singular or plural count noun, and also a noncount noun.

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

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

Sentence (g)—with experiencesThirsty Suede Womens Size Black Sandals Fashion 5 Party Heel High Espadrilles Summer Faux Wedge UFaCwqZ 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 Molokai Grey Black Quiksilver Sandal Men's Slab Black Logo experience.

The noun light is another example:

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

(j) Sandal Black Black Quiksilver Slab Men's Molokai Grey Logo Light is necessary for plants to live.

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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 Molokai Sandal Black Slab Logo Black Grey Men's Quiksilver 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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