"Woods" is used in AmE.
A "forest" is much bigger. See the "synonyms" section here:
Forest | Define Forest at Dictionary.com
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In the dictionary I checked, it says that both the singular "wood" and the plural "woods" can be used to refer to a "forest". I'm just wondering which is more common. Is it a BE VS AE thing?
And is the wood(s) the same as the forest?
I can agree with that. I was thinking more of place names than use in casual speech. I, too, would speak about going out in the woods.
We've discussed this before but I can't find the thread.
In BE we also say 'There's a wood behind my house'.
I'm so sorry for disupting this thread, but I'd love to know what the difference is between a logger and a lumberjack. Genuine question.
And I really want to know if I'm the only one wondering if you dress in women's clothing and have buttered scones for tea? Not a genuine question. Well, actually, I'm genuinesly asking if anyone else thought this way, but I don't really wonder about the scones. Or the clothing. Either way, I know you're okay!
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.
As well as the size difference, I would say we use 'forest' rather than 'wood(s)' for areas planted with trees by humans. 'Woods' are normally natural.