The 100 Most Common Words in English

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Although there are plenty of vocabulary resources that we recommend at Confidence Learning Services, not the least of which is the Oxford Picture Dictionary, it’s important to look at the most common words in the English language.

Many of these words are “function” or “grammar” words, meaning they do not have a very concrete meaning but rather serve a grammatical purpose in a sentence. While we cannot attach pictures to these words, they are extremely useful to learn. Once you learn these words, you will be able to recognize, understand, and read a large percentage of the English language. In fact, some people estimate that these 100 words make up about 50% of written and spoken English.

Lists of the “100 Most Common Words in English” are available from a variety of sources, and there are slight variations from list to list. This is because these lists are derived from analyzing different materials from different sources, as no one can accurately analyze all of the written and spoken English in existence.

Unlike most lists, however, this is list is arranged by categories, making it much easier to study and understand these words. We recommend that you study one category at a time. You will likely be surprised by how often you encounter these words each day!

100 Most Common Words

 

Nouns

time person year day way

 

Adjectives

new one two first good
even all other most

 

Adverbs

not no well there
only just then now

 

Articles

the a an some any

 

Conjunctions

but and or so also than because

 

Pronouns

Subject:   

I you he she it we they

Possessive:        

my your his her its our their

 

Object:                

me him us them

Demonstrative:

that this these those

 

Verbs

be have do say know can make like take will* could*
go come think use work want give get look would*

*Auxiliary or other verb forms

Prepositions

to of in for on as at with
from about into out up over back after

 

Question

who what where when why how

 

We hope this list is helpful to you as you are studying English. If you want even more assistance in your English studies, contact Confidence Learning Services today for a completely free English language evaluation. You’ll get to chat one-on-one with a highly qualified instructor about your personal goals and abilities in English. Call us now at 1-865-226-9477.

by Laura Brewer