Most Common French Words

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Top 10 French Words

1-10 | 11-20 | 21-30 | 31-40 | 41-50 | 51-60 | 61-70 | 71-80 | 81-90 | 91-100

What are the most common French words? Here are the top 10.

1) le, la, l', les    the
   definite article


2) être    to be
   all about être


3) avoir    to have
   all about avoir


4) de    of, from
   preposition


5) un, une, des    a, an, some
   indefinite article


6) je    I
   subject pronoun


7) il / ils*    he, it / they
   subject pronouns


8) ce    this
   indefinite demonstrative pronoun


9) pas    not
   negative adverb


10) à    to, in
     preposition


Notes

*I would have listed il and ils separately, but they were combined in the source document.

Words with different forms but the same essential meaning (such as le and la: masculine and feminine definite articles) are combined into a single listing.

Words with different grammatical functions (such as le: definite article and le: direct object pronoun) are usually listed separately.

This list of the most common French words is adapted from the following source:

Gougenheim 2.00 - Fréquences orales et de production http://www.lexique.org/public/gougenheim.php

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Top French Words: 11-20

1-10 | 11-20 | 21-30 | 31-40 | 41-50 | 51-60 | 61-70 | 71-80 | 81-90 | 91-100



What are the most common French words? Here are numbers 11 to 20.



11

)

et

   and


     

conjunction




12

)

on

   one, you, we


     

indefinite subject pronoun




13

)

vous

   you


     

personal pronoun




14

)

ça

   this, that


     

indefinite demonstrative pronoun




15

)

que

   that


     

conjunction




16

)

ne

   not


     

negative adverb




17

)

faire

   to do, make


     

all about faire




18

)

qui

   who/what


     

interrogative pronoun

,

relative pronoun




19

)

oui

   yes


     

synonyms for oui




20

)

alors

   then, so


     

adverb




Notes



This list of the most common French words is adapted from the following source:



Gougenheim 2.00 - Fréquences orales et de production

http://www.lexique.org/public/gougenheim.php

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Top French Words: 21-30

1-10 | 11-20 | 21-30 | 31-40 | 41-50 | 51-60 | 61-70 | 71-80 | 81-90 | 91-100



What are the most common French words? Here are numbers 21 to 30.



21

)

mais

   but


     

conjunction




22

)

elle / elles

*    she / they


     

subject pronouns




23

)

en

   in, to


     

preposition




24

)

le, la, l' / les

   it / them


     

direct object pronouns




25

)

dire

   to say, tell


     

all about dire




26

)

y

   there


     

adverbial pronoun




27

)

du / des

   of, from the


     

contraction

of

de

+ definite article

le

/

les




28

)

pour

   for


     

preposition




29

)

dans

   in


     

preposition




30

)

me

   me, myself


     

personal pronoun




Notes



*I would have listed

elle

and

elles

separately, but they were combined in the source document.



Words with different forms but the same essential meaning (such as

le

and

la

: masculine and feminine direct object pronouns) are combined into a single listing.



Words with different grammatical functions (such as

le

: definite article and

le

: direct object pronoun) are usually listed separately.



This list of the most common French words is adapted from the following source:



Gougenheim 2.00 - Fréquences orales et de production

http://www.lexique.org/public/gougenheim.php

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Top French Words: 31-40

1-10 | 11-20 | 21-30 | 31-40 | 41-50 | 51-60 | 61-70 | 71-80 | 81-90 | 91-100



What are the most common French words? Here are numbers 31 to 40.



31

)

se

   himself, herself, oneself


     

reflexive pronoun




32

)

aller

   to go


     

all about aller




33

)

au / aux

   to, at, in the


     

contraction

of

à

+ definite article

le

/

les




34

)

bien

   well, good


     

bien vs bon




35

)

ce, cet, cette / ces

   this, that / these, those


     

demonstrative adjectives




36

)

tu

   you


     

subject pronoun




37

)

en

   some


     

adverbial pronoun




38

)

   there


     

adverb




39

)

comme

   like, as


     

conjunction




40

)

voir

   to see


     

all about voir




Notes



Words with different forms but the same essential meaning (such as

ce

and

cette

: masculine and feminine demonstrative adjectives) are combined into a single listing.



Words with different grammatical functions (such as

en

: preposition and

en

: adverbial pronoun) are usually listed separately.



This list of the most common French words is adapted from the following source:



Gougenheim 2.00 - Fréquences orales et de production

http://www.lexique.org/public/gougenheim.php

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Top French Words: 41-50

1-10 | 11-20 | 21-30 | 31-40 | 41-50 | 51-60 | 61-70 | 71-80 | 81-90 | 91-100



What are the most common French words? Here are numbers 41 to 50.



41

)

non

   no


     

synonyms for non




42

)

savoir

   to know


     

all about savoir




43

)

nous

   we, us


     

personal pronoun




44

)

puis

   next, then


     

adverb




45

)

mon, ma, mes

   my


     

possessive adjectives




46

)

moi

   me


     

personal pronoun




47

)

tout

   every, all


     

adjective




48

)

très

   very


     

synonyms for très




49

)

que

   that, which, who


     

relative pronoun




50

)

pouvoir

   can, to be able


     

all about pouvoir




Notes



Words with different forms but the same essential meaning (such as

mon

,

ma

and

mes

: masculine, feminine, and plural possessive adjectives) are combined into a single listing.



Words with different grammatical functions (such as

que

: relative pronoun and

que

: conjunction) are usually listed separately.



The words

ah

and

oh

were numbers 45 and 47, respectively, but since they are just interjections with no real meaning, I left them out of my list.



This list of the most common French words is adapted from the following source:



Gougenheim 2.00 - Fréquences orales et de production

http://www.lexique.org/public/gougenheim.php

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Top French Words: 51-60

1-10 | 11-20 | 21-30 | 31-40 | 41-50 | 51-60 | 61-70 | 71-80 | 81-90 | 91-100



Do you know the most common French words? Here are numbers 51 to 60.



51

)

parce que

   because


     

conjunction




52

)

avec

   with


     

preposition




53

)

lui

   him/her


     

personal pronoun




54

)

son, sa, ses

   his/her/its


     

possessive adjectives




55

)

enfin

   then, finally


     

adverb




56

)

falloir

   to be necessary


     

all about falloir




57

)

par

   by


     

preposition




58

)

quand

   when


     

interrogative adverb

,

conjunction

*




59

)

vouloir

   to want


     

all about vouloir




60

)

petit

   small, short


     

synonyms for petit




Notes



*I would have listed

quand

as a conjunction and as an adverb separately, but they were combined in the source document.



Words with different forms but the same essential meaning (such as

son

,

sa

and

ses

: masculine, feminine, and plural possessive adjectives) are combined into a single listing.



This list of the most common French words is adapted from the following source:



Gougenheim 2.00 - Fréquences orales et de production

http://www.lexique.org/public/gougenheim.php

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Top French Words: 61-70

1-10 | 11-20 | 21-30 | 31-40 | 41-50 | 51-60 | 61-70 | 71-80 | 81-90 | 91-100



Do you know the most common French words? Here are numbers 61 to 70.



61

)

si

   if


     

all about si




62

)

plus

   more


     

comparative adverb




63

)

même

   same, even, (one)self*


     

all about même




64

)

sur

   on


     

preposition




65

)

ou

   or


     

conjunction




66

)

autre

   other


     

indefinite adjective




67

)

deux

   two


     

number




68

)

venir

   to come


     

all about venir




69

)

prendre

   to take


     

all about prendre




70

)

tout

   all


     

pronoun




Notes



*I would have listed

même

meaning "even," "same," and "self" separately, but they were combined in the source document.



Words with different grammatical functions (such as

tout

: adjective and

tout

: pronoun) are usually listed separately.



The word

ben

was number 67, but since it's just an interjection with no real meaning, I left it out of my list.



This list of the most common French words is adapted from the following source:



Gougenheim 2.00 - Fréquences orales et de production

http://www.lexique.org/public/gougenheim.php

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Top French Words: 71-80

1-10 | 11-20 | 21-30 | 31-40 | 41-50 | 51-60 | 61-70 | 71-80 | 81-90 | 91-100



Do you know the most common French words? Here are numbers 71 to 80.



71

)

arriver

   to arrive, happen


     

all about arriver




72

)

beaucoup

   a lot


     

adverb of quantity




73

)

croire

   to believe


     

all about croire




74

)

heure

   hour, o'clock


     

telling time in French




75

)

rien

   nothing


     

negative pronoun




76

)

jour

   day


     

French days of the week




77

)

mettre

   to put


     

all about mettre




78

)

passer

   to pass, spend


     

all about passer




79

) un

peu

   a little


     

adverb of quantity




80

)

devoir

   must, to have to


     

all about devoir




Notes



Words with different grammatical functions (such as

devoir

: verb and

devoir

: noun) are usually listed separately.



This list of the most common French words is adapted from the following source:



Gougenheim 2.00 - Fréquences orales et de production

http://www.lexique.org/public/gougenheim.php

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Top French Words: 81-90

1-10 | 11-20 | 21-30 | 31-40 | 41-50 | 51-60 | 61-70 | 71-80 | 81-90 91-100



Do you know the most common French words? Here are numbers 81 to 90.



81

)

aussi

   too, also


     

comparative adverbs




82

)

encore

   again


     

adverb of frequency




83

)

trois

   three


     

number




84

)

parler

   to talk, speak


     

expressions with parler




85

)

toujours

   still, forever


     

encore vs toujours




86

)

trouver

   to find


     

expressions with trouver




87

)

quoi

   what (exclamative)


     

"what" in French




88

)

grand

   big, tall


     

French adjectives




89

)

donner

   to give


     

expressions with donner




90

) le

temps

   weather, time


     

French weather




Notes



Words with different grammatical functions (such as

quoi

: exclamative and

quoi

: interrogative) are usually listed separately.



Hein

was tied with

parler

at 84, but since it's just an interjection with no real meaning, I left it out of my list.



This list of the most common French words is adapted from the following source:



Gougenheim 2.00 - Fréquences orales et de production

http://www.lexique.org/public/gougenheim.php

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Top French Words: 91-100

1-10 | 11-20 | 21-30 | 31-40 | 41-50 | 51-60 | 61-70 | 71-80 | 81-90 | 91-100



Do you know the most common French words? Here are numbers 91 to 100.



91

)

après

   after


     

preposition




92

) une

fois

   time


     

expressions with fois




93

)

te

   you


     

personal pronoun




94

) une

chose

   thing


     

expressions with chose




95

)

an

   year


     

an vs année




96

)

   where, when


     

relative pronoun




97

)

cent

   hundred


     

French number




98

)

comprendre

   to understand


     expressions with




99

)

maintenant

   now


     adverb of time




100

)

bon

   good


     

bon vs bien




Notes



Words with different grammatical functions (such as

: relative and

: interrogative) are usually listed separately.



Eh bien

was originally number 94, but since it's just an interjection with no real meaning, I left it out of my list.



This list of the most common French words is adapted from the following source:



Gougenheim 2.00 - Fréquences orales et de production

http://www.lexique.org/public/gougenheim.php