I have a question on the expression “do business”.
Using that phrase, can I say “I do a toy business.” or “I do toy business.”(without the article “a”)? What can I say “I work in the toy industry” using “do business”?
Thank you in advance,
I would not use ‘to do a business’ at all. I would use the verb ‘run’ or ‘have’ instead.
I run a toy business.
I have a toy business.
I work in the toy industry.
This is not referring to the business itself. It means something like “Let’s do a transaction.” or “Let’s negotiate.”
“I think we can do business.”
In this case the speaker expresses optimism than a deal can be negotiated.