Learn 600 of the Most Important English Nouns

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Here is a list of 600 nouns from a 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.

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400 General Nouns

1. account 
2. act 
4. adjustment 
5. advertisement 
6. agreement 
7. air
8. amount
9. amusement
10. animal
11. answer
12. apparatus
13. approval
14. argument
15. art
16. attack
17. attempt
18. attention
19. attraction
20. authority
21. back
22. balance
23. base
24. behavior
25. belief
26. birth
27. bit
28. bite
29. blood
30. blow
31. body
32. brass
33. bread
34. breath
35. brother
36. building
37. burn
38. burst
39. business
40. butter
41. canvas
42. care
43. cause
44. chalk
45. chance
46. change
47. cloth
48. coal
49. color
50. comfort
51. committee
52. company
53. comparison
54. competition
55. condition
56. connection
57. control
58. cook
59. copper
60. copy
61. cork
62. copy
63. cough
64. country
65. cover
66. crack
67. credit
68.

crime
69. crush
70. cry
71. current
72. curve
73. damage
74. danger
75. daughter
76. day
77. death
78. debt
79. decision
80. degree
81. design
82. desire
83. destruction
84. detail
85. development
86. digestion
87. direction
88. discovery
89. discussion
90. disease
91. disgust
92. distance
93. distribution
94. division
95. doubt
96.

drink
97. driving
98. dust
99. earth
100. edge
101. education
102. effect
103. end
104. error
105. event
106. example
107. exchange
108. existence
109. expansion
110. experience
111. expert
112. fact
113. fall
114. family
115. father
116. fear
117. feeling
118. fiction
119. field
120. fight
121. fire
122. flame
123. flight
124. flower
125. fold
126. food
127. force
128. form
129. friend
130. front
131. fruit
132. glass
133. gold
134. government
135. grain
136. grass
137. grip
138. group
139. growth
140. guide
141. harbor
142. harmony
143. hate
144. hearing
145. heat
146. help
147. history
148. hole
149. hope
150. hour
151. humor
152. ice
153. idea
154. impulse
155. increase
156. industry
157. ink
158. insect
159. instrument
160. insurance
161. interest
162. invention
163. iron
164. jelly
165. join
166. journey
167. judge
168. jump
169. kick
170. kiss
171. knowledge
172. land
173. language
174. laugh
175. low
176. lead
177. learning
178. leather
179. letter
180. level
181. lift
182. light
183. limit
184. linen
185. liquid
186. list
187. look
188. loss
189. love
190. machine
191. man
192. manager
193. mark
194. market
195. mass
196. meal
197. measure
198. meat
199. meeting
200. memory

201. metal
202. middle
203. milk
204. mind
205. mine
206. minute
207. mist
208. money
209. month
210. morning
211.

mother
212. motion
213. mountain
214. move
215. music
216. name
217. nation
218. need
219. news
220. night
221. noise
222. note
223. number
224. observation
225. offer
226. oil
227. operation
228. opinion
229. order
230. organization
231. ornament
232. owner
233. page
234. pain
235. paint
236. paper
237. part
238. paste
239. payment
240. peace
241. person
242. place
243. plant
244. play
245. pleasure
246. point
247. poison
248. polish
249. porter
250. position
251. powder
252. power
253. price
254. print
255. process
256. produce
257. profit
258. property
259. prose
260. protest
261. pull
262. punishment
263. purpose
264. push
265. quality
266. question
267. rain
268. range
269. rate
270. ray
271. reaction
272. reading
273. reason
274. record
275. regret
276. relation
277. religion
278. representative
279. request
280. respect
281. rest
282. reward
283. rhythm
284.

rice
285. river
286. road
287. roll
288. room
289. rub
290. rule
291. run
292. salt
293. sand
294. scale
295. science
296. sea
297. seat
298. secretary
299. selection
300. self

301. sense
302. servant
303. sex
304. shade
305. shake
306. shame
307. shock
308. side
309. sign
310. silk
311. silver
312. sister
313. size
314. sky
315. sleep
316. slip
317. slope
318. smash
319. smell
320. smile
321. smoke
322. sneeze
323. snow
324. soap
325. society
326. son
327. song
328. sort
329. sound
330. soup
331. space
332. stage
333. start
334. statement
335. steam
336. steel
337. step
338. stitch
339. stone
340. stop
341. story
342. stretch
343. structure
344. substance
345. sugar
346. suggestion
347. summer
348. support
349. surprise
350. swim
351. system
352. talk
353. taste
354. tax
355. teaching
356. tendency
357. test
358. theory
359. thing
360. thought
361. thunder
362. time
363. tin
364. top
365. touch
366. trade
367. transport
368. trick
369. trouble
370. turn
371. twist
372. unit
373. use
374. value
375. verse
376. vessel
377. view
378. voice
379. walk
380. war
381. wash
382. waste
383. water
384. wave
385. wax
386. way
387. weather
388. week
389. weight
390. wind
391. wine
392. winter
393. woman
394. wood
395. wool
396. word
397. work
398. wound
399. writing
400. year

200 Specific Nouns

1. angle
2. ant
3. apple
4. arch
5. arm
6. army
7. baby
8. bag
9. ball
10. band
11. basin
12. basket
13. bath
14. bed
15. bee
16. bell
17. berry
18. bird
19. blade
20. board
21. boat
22. bone
23. book
24. boot
25. bottle
26. box
27. boy
28. brain
29. brake
30. branch
31. brick
32. bridge
33. brush
34. bucket
35. bulb
36. button
37. cake
38. camera
39. card
40. carriage
41. cart
42. cat
43. chain
44. cheese
45. chess
46. chin
47. church
48. circle
49. clock
50. cloud
51. coat
52. collar
53. comb
54. cord
55. cow
56. cup
57. curtain
58. cushion
59. dog
60. door
61. drain
62. drawer
63. dress
64. drop
65. ear
66. egg
67. engine
68. eye
69. face
70. farm
71. feather
72. finger
73. fish
74. flag
75. floor
76. fly
77. foot
78. fork
79. fowl
80. frame
81. garden
82. girl
83. glove
84. goat
85. gun
86. hair
87. hammer
88. hand
89. hat
90. head
91. heart
92. hook
93. horn
94. horse
95. hospital
96. house
97.

island
98. jewel
99. kettle
100. key
101. knee
102. knife
103. knot
104. leaf
105. leg
106. library
107. line
108. lip
109. lock
110. map
111. match
112. monkey
113. moon
114. mouth
115. muscle
116. nail
117. neck
118. needle
119. nerve
120. net
121. nose
122. nut
123. office
124. orange
125. oven
126. parcel
127. pen
128. pencil
129. picture
130. pig
131. pin
132. pipe
133. plane
134. plate
135. plough
136. pocket
137. pot
138. potato
139. prison
140. pump
141. rail
142. rat
143. receipt
144. ring
145. rod
146. roof
147. root
148. sail
149. school
150. scissors
151. screw
152. seed
153. sheep
154. shelf
155. ship
156. shirt
157. shoe
158. skin
159. skirt
160. snake
161. sock
162. spade
163. sponge
164. spoon
165. spring
166. square
167. stamp
168. star
169. station
170. stem
171. stick
172. stocking
173. stomach
174. store
175. street
176. sun
177. table
178. tail
179. thread
180. throat
181. thumb
182. ticket
183. toe
184. tongue
185. tooth
186. town
187. train
188. tray
189. tree
190. trousers
191. umbrella
192. wall
193. watch
194. wheel
195. whip
196. whistle
197. window
198. wing
199. wire
200. worm

 

Continue learning with this list of 150 common adjectives in English, but make sure you also know the 150 most common grammar function words as well.