The 50 Most Commonly Words in the English Language

Nouns, verbs, prepositions and adjectives make this list

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If you're an English learner, knowing which words are most commonly used in the language can help you to improve your vocabulary skills and be more confident as you have casual conversations. All parts of 

Don't count on these words to help you to become fluent in English. Use them as a resource to help you build your language skills as you grow more and more comfortable with English.

One idea to learn vocabulary is to learn by using vocabulary topics such as vocabulary about places, or vocabulary about education.

It's important to try to use new words every day in order to keep growing your vocabulary. 

Top Vocabulary Words


All

Everyone in a group.

All the children did their homework.

And

A conjunction that joins parts of speech together in a sentence.

She jumped, jogged and danced in gym class. 

Boy

A male child.

The little boy asked his mother if she would buy him candy.

Book

A long text of words that people read.

The college student had to read a 500-page book for English class.

Call

To yell out or speak loudly; to contact someone by phone. 

The girl called out to her brother so he would wait for her.

Car

A four-wheeled vehicle that transports people from one place to another.

He drove the car from school to work.

Chair

A piece of furniture that can hold one person.

My mother is the only one allowed to sit in the big chair in the living room. 

Children

Young people who have not yet reached adulthood.

The children didn't listen to what their parents told them.

City

A place where many people live.

New York is the biggest city in the United States.

Dog 

An animal that many people have as a household pet.

My dog likes to play with bones.

Door

A passageway from which you can enter or exit a room or a building. 

The students rushed through the classroom door just before the bell rang. 

Enemy 

The opposite of a friend. A competitor or rival.  

The hero of the story killed his enemy with a sword.

End

To finish something or come to a conclusion.

The end of the book was a happy one.

Enough

To have more than one needs of something. 

Most Americans have enough food to eat, but that's not true in other countries. 

Eat

To consume food. 

The children liked to eat apples and bananas after school. 

Friend

The opposite of an enemy. Someone on your side and with whom you enjoy spending time.

The girl played with her friend in the yard until her mother told her to come inside.

Father

A male parent.

The father picked up his child when she started crying.

Go

To travel to and from a location. 

We go to school everyday.

Good

To behave well or in a kind manner.

My mother said that if I'm good and don't hit my brother, she will take me to the movies.

Girl

A female child. 

The girl dropped her schoolbooks on the ground. 

Food

An edible substance that people, animals and plants eat to live.

Starving people do not have enough food to eat and may die.

Hear

To listen to something. 

I could hear my brother and sister arguing from the other room.

House

A place where people, often families, live.

My friend lives in the biggest house on the street.

Inside

The internal part of something or to be located within something. 

The inside of the house was warm and cozy. 

Laugh

To express that you find something amusing. 

The children laughed after the clown made a joke.

Listen

To hear something. 

We listen to music because we like to dance. 

Man

An adult male.

The man was much taller than his son. 

Name

The title of a place, book, person, etc. 

I never liked my name growing up. 

Never

Not ever.

I am never getting back together with my boyfriend.

Next

The thing that happens after something else in a sequence; to be situated by something else. 

Let's go to the next question.

New

Something just created or unused or unopened.

My mother bought me a new doll for Christmas. It was still in the package.

Noise

Loud sounds, especially made by music or a group of people. 

There was so much noise at the party, the neighbors called police. 

Often

To happen frequently. 

My teacher gets mad because I often forget my homework. 

Pair

Two things that go together. 

I like the new pair of shoes my sister bought me for my birthday.

Pick

To choose or select. 

I picked the cupcake with vanilla frosting. 

Play

To have fun with someone or engage in an activity or sport. 

I like to play football with my brother. 

Room

A part of a home, building, office or another structure. 

The room at the end of the hall is the coldest in the building. 

See

To watch or observe something. 

I see clouds in the sky, which must mean it will rain soon.

Sell

To offer a service or a good for a price.

I am going to sell my surfboard for $50 because it's time for a new one. 

Sit

To rest on a floor, chair or other surface. 

The teacher told the children to sit on the carpet. 

Speak

To say something.

I speak too loudly sometimes. 

Smile

To grin or show pleasure.

I smile when my brother tells jokes.

Sister

The opposite of brother. The female child in relation to other children of the same parents.

My parents took my sister and me to the circus.

Think

To contemplate something or have an idea or belief. 

I think all pets should have a home. 

Then

Something that comes after an event in a sequence. 

I opened the refrigerator. Then, I ate some food. 

Walk

To travel by foot. 

I walk home from school everyday.

Water

A substance plants, people, animals and the earth need to survive.

If animals don't have enough water to drink, they will die. 

Work

To make a living, engage in an activity for pay, or to reach a goal. 

I work as a teacher because I like children. 

Write

To put something on paper with a pen or pencil. To use a computer to type text.

I have to write three essays in English class this semester. 

Woman

A female adult.

That woman was our new school principal. 

Yes

To answer affirmatively or respond to one's name being called. 

"Yes, I'm here," the student said when the teacher called her name.