Interested in Language
I have some questions about the use of articles. Grateful if you could give an account of them.
"Beyond the stars, the astronaut saw nothing but space."
- Why should "the" be used in front of stars? Do they mean the planets?
"For many westerners, dreams of living in a green area are becoming a reality."
"It's quite obvious that the aging population in Spain will cause (without "a") heavy pressure on the whole society in the future."
- In this pair of sentence, the former uses an indefinite article before the uncount "reality", whereas the latter uses without before the uncount "pressure". Why is that?
1: the quality or state of being real
2 a (1): a real event, entity, or state of affairs <his dream became a reality> (2): the totality of real things and events <trying to escape from reality> b: something that is neither derivative nor dependent but exists necessarily