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    Default The woods=one specific place needs plural or singular verb?

    Hello teachers,
    Cambridge Dictionary says:
    Wood: /wʊd/ noun/ group of trees: [ C ] ( also woods [ plural ] ) an area of land covered with a thick growth of trees.
    We went for a walk in the woods after lunch.

    This is my question: suppose that there is one place which is really "the woods". Dictionary says "the woods" is plural. If I see a place which is "the woods" on that time I should use plural verb or singular?
    Look at these sentences:

    I love this woods.
    (one specific place) I love these woods. (one specific place)

    This woods is really beautiful. (one specific place) These woods are beautiful. (one specific place)

    Now you see my confusion? I mean if it's one specific place again I should use plural verb for it?

    Thank you.

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    Default Re: The woods=one specific place needs plural or singular verb?

    This wood is really beautiful.
    These woods are really beautiful.
    This woods is really beautiful.

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    Default Re: The woods=one specific place needs plural or singular verb?

    You very rarely see "wood" used as singular. I can't think of when I would ever use it.

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    Default Re: The woods=one specific place needs plural or singular verb?

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    You surprise me, Dave. We have a pretty little wood near our house.


    wood /wʊd/n
    • the hard fibrous substance consisting of xylem tissue that occurs beneath the bark in trees, shrubs, and similar plants
    • the trunks of trees that have been cut and prepared for use as a building material
    • a collection of trees, shrubs, herbs, grasses, etc, usually dominated by one or a few species of tree: usually smaller than a forest: an oak wood

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    Last edited by Rover_KE; 29-Aug-2013 at 18:03.

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    Default Re: The woods=one specific place needs plural or singular verb?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    You surprise me, Dave. We have a pretty little wood near our house.
    And I have woods behind my house.

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    Default Re: The woods=one specific place needs plural or singular verb?

    The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
    But I have promises to keep
    And miles to go before I sleep
    And miles to go before I sleep.

    Frost

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    Default Re: The woods=one specific place needs plural or singular verb?

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    And I have woods behind my house.
    And so do I, but the issue sent me to my Webster's because I have heard/read "wood" used in the singular (particularly in poetry or literature) to describe a "dense growth of trees usu. greater in extent than a grove and smaller than a forest-- often used in plural but singular or plural in construction
    Last edited by billmcd; 29-Aug-2013 at 21:02. Reason: typo

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    Default Re: The woods=one specific place needs plural or singular verb?

    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
    And so do I, but the issue sent me to my Webster's because I have heard "wood" used as such (particularly in poetry or literature) to describe a "dense growth of trees usu. greater in extent than a grove and smaller than a forest-- often used in plural but singular or plural in construction
    Hundred Acre Wood - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Winnie the Pooh lived in the Hundred Acre Wood. So, I get its use. I just don't think it is commonly used in AmE outside of place names or, like you said, poetic or literary use.

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    Default Re: The woods=one specific place needs plural or singular verb?

    I've always thought the use in the singular was British. Perhaps Pooh influenced my thinking.
    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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    Default Re: The woods=one specific place needs plural or singular verb?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I've always thought the use in the singular was British. Perhaps Pooh influenced my thinking.
    Pooh should influence everyone's thinking!

    We use "a/the wood" frequently in BrE.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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