Languages › English as a Second Language Basic English Key Words List: Verbs, Prepositions, Articles Share Flipboard Email Print Hoxton/Tom Merton/Getty Images English as a Second Language Vocabulary Basic Conversations for English Language Learners Pronunciation & Conversation Writing Skills Reading Comprehension Grammar Business English Resources for Teachers by Kenneth Beare Kenneth Beare has taught English and English as a second language teacher since 1983. Updated July 30, 2018 This list provides a starting point for a basic understanding and fluency in the English language. The list of 850 words that was developed by Charles K. Ogden, and released in 1930 with the book: Basic English: A General Introduction with Rules and Grammar. For more information about this list, you can visit Odgen's Basic English page. This list is an excellent starting point for building up a vocabulary which allows you to converse fluently in English. While this list is helpful for a strong beginning, more advanced vocabulary building will help you quickly improve your English. These vocabulary books will further help you build your vocabulary, especially at advanced levels. Teachers can use this list as a starting point for developing an essential vocabulary to their lessons. Teachers can also use this list along with other ideas on how to teach vocabulary on this site. Basic Verbs, Prepositions, Articles, Pronouns, etc. 1. come2. get3. give4. go5. keep6. let7. make8. put9. seem10. take 11. be12. do13. have14. say15. see16. send17. may18. will19. about20. across 21. after22. against23. among24. at25. before26. between27. by28. down29. from30. in 31. off32. on33. over34. through35. to36. under37. up38. with39. as40. for 41. of42. till43. than44. a45. the46. all47. any48. every49. no50. other 51. some52. such53. that54. this55. i56. he57. you58. who59. and60. because 61. but62. or63. if64. though65. while66. how67. when68. where69. why70. again 71. ever72. far73. forward74. here75. near76. now77. out78. still79. then80. there 81. together82. well83. almost84. enough85. even86. little87. much88. not89. only90. quite 91. so92. very93. tomorrow94. yesterday95. north96. south97. east98. west99. please100. yes Continue Reading Basic English Key Words List 4 Basic English Adjectives List Here's a list of 600 of the most important nouns in English English Conversations Exercises for Beginners Add These Advanced Level English Student Books to Your Library If You Work in IT, You Should Know These Words Join in Food Conversation With Ease for English Students Essential Lessons for Beginning English Learners Easily Teach Pronouns to ESL Students ESL: 20 Things to Teach Absolute Beginner English Language Learners What ESL Teachers Need to Teach Basic English Grammar Vocabulary Building Books for ESL Students 7 Engaging Dialogue Activities for ESL Classes ESL Podcasts for Teachers and Students 10 Tips to Speak English What's the Difference Between American and British English?