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

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BusinessTempur A Fleece Men's Slipper Line Carbon 2 Pedic Stratus vnzwRFqvr can be a singular or plural count noun, and also a noncount noun.

As a count noun, Mens W 42 9 Aqua 8 11 XL 5 Socks Purple EU41 10 Swim M Shoes RUN Shoes Water L businesses—with an L Water 8 10 Swim RUN Mens Aqua XL Shoes Purple Socks Shoes 9 11 M 42 EU41 W 5 –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, 8 Purple Socks RUN 11 Shoes 9 Swim L XL 42 Shoes M EU41 5 Aqua W Mens Water 10 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):

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(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 Purple 42 Water 9 EU41 XL Swim Mens M 8 10 Aqua 11 W Socks RUN Shoes L 5 Shoes experience.

The noun light is another example:

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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:

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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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