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Dear Ted,
I'm not sure if I should say "into reality" or "into a reality" in the following sentences, or if both ways are grammatically correct. In other words, do both of the following sentences make sense and are they both grammatically correct?
1. I want to turn my dreams "into reality".
2. I want to turn my dreams "into a reality".

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Dear Glen:

I'm not sure if I should say "into reality" or "into a reality" in the following
sentences, or if both ways are grammatically correct. In other words, do both of
the following sentences make sense and are they both grammatically correct?
1. I want to turn my dreams "into reality".
2. I want to turn my dreams "into a reality".

*** Both are correct.  In English, there are many phrases that can be written in either of two ways.  This is particularly true about whether or not to include the articles "a," "an," and "the."

The choice is left to the writer.  I prefer "into reality," but that is just MY choice.  If you have just ONE dream, I would include the article, making the sentence "I want to turn my DREAM into A REALITY.  But, again, the choice is up to the writer.

Ted

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I am the bibliographic instruction and reference librarian at a public college. Some members of the English department recommend me to their students. I offer assistance in grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and paragraph development. My master`s thesis concerns William Faulkner`s tragic novels. I formerly taught advanced placement English at two schools in the Philadelphia area.

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