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    other business

    Dear all,

    the word "business" sometimes get me confused.

    In the context I have, there is a record for 2 people talking about something.

    A: Let's move on to other business. On the twelfth, we've got a boat..."

    Then the record is not complete.

    Now, why "business" is preceded by "other" not "another"? If it was "another" I would have understood it as "deal" "Let's move on to another deal" However, that would not make too much sense. I think here it has a broader sense. I got this definition from Longman Dictionary:

    things to be dealt with [uncountable]
    - things that need to be done or discussed:
    "Okay, let's get down to business (=start doing or discussing something).
    "Is there any other business?' the chairman
    "

    I really need to understand the different meaning of "business" other than "deal" and "company". Also, I need to understand when it should come as plural and when it should come as singular.

    Thanks a lot.

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    Re: other business

    As for my example, can it just mean "let's discuss something else"?

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    Re: other business

    In an agenda for a meeting, especially a public one, you might have a few issues that you have already identified for discussion. Those would be the major topics. Then there is a time on the agenda for "other business."

    You're close enough with "let's talk about a new topic."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: other business

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    In an agenda for a meeting, especially a public one, you might have a few issues that you have already identified for discussion. Those would be the major topics. Then there is a time on the agenda for "other business."

    You're close enough with "let's talk about a new topic."
    "Let's move on to another topic of discussion" then. THANKS A LOT

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