Would you be kind enough to explain to me why in the following sentences one and the same noun once is without any article and the next time is with a definite or an indefinite article?
Suddenly the voice of the guns stopped. Silence hung over the valley. “Tess,” he said in a preparatory tone after a silence.
Silence is normal for the valley, it's a quiet place.
In the second example we are describing a specific period of time, just before "he" spoke.
What fine weather!
It is burning weather.
We are talking about the weather now.
There are people who say that the weather can influence people's mood.
We are talking about the weather in general - no specific time.
Thank you for your efforts.
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