Studying English, we often exclaim: "I want to expand my vocabulary!" A familiar phrase? Maybe even a familiar goal?
I wonder what is the cherished figure for everyone: 100, 1,000, or 10,000 words? After acquaintance with entertaining arithmetic given in the article, you will be convinced that knowing even 10 of them is already a good platform for language practice. Do not believe me? Read on.
What are the most commonly spoken English words? People contributed to the Oxford English Dictionary a huge list of all the words implemented, which they called the Oxford English Corpus. The work was done in order to find out which of them are the most popular.
What was discovered can surprise you. Instead of considering each individual conceptual unit of language, a bid was made to find "basic units", called lemmas (lemma – abstract, theme, gloss). For example, climbing, climbed, and climbs are variations of climb. When one of these variants was found, it was recorded only as another form of climb.
As a result of the research, it was found that 10 frequently implemented English words make up 25% of the number of all of them that we use! These are functional units, such as like, the, of, be, and to. That is, if you take any text from 100 conceptual units of languages, about 25 of them will be from the list of TOP-10.
We continue to wonder: The 100 most commonly used words in English actually make up 50% of all of them that we speak every day. 1,000 words is already 75% of our vocabulary, for example, girl, win, decide, or huge. And with 7,000 units you will cover 90% of all the words that will help you in life.
The rest of the words is implemented either once in life or in the case of professional necessity.
The results of the research cannot but imbue with optimism because you will need much less work than it seems to study all popular English words, after all! If you learn 100 the most frequent words, as well as various options for using them, you can make basic sentences (minus one or two words). Of course, the most complicated part is to learn all the meanings of these words. But this is not from science fiction, the main thing is to begin!
The 100 most common English words found in written form around the world will help you at any time not to get lost and share your thoughts or desires with the world. So what if words are also money. Then, we wish you to know them as many as possible, including, the happiness to be heard and understood.
|1. the||26. they||51. when||76. come|
|2. be||27. we||52. make||77. its|
|3. to||28. say||53. can||78. over|
|4. of||29. her||54. like||79. think|
|5. and||30. she||55. time||80. also|
|6. a||31. or||56. no||81. back|
|7. in||32. an||57. just||82. after|
|8. that||33. will||58. him||83. use|
|9. have||34. my||59. know||84. two|
|10. I||35. one||60. take||85. how|
|11. it||36. all||61. people||86. our|
|12. for||37. would||62. into||87. work|
|13. not||38. there||63. year||88. first|
|14. on||39. their||64. you||89. well|
|15. with||40. what||65. good||90. way|
|16. he||41. so||66. some||91. even|
|17. as||42. up||67. could||92. new|
|18. you||43. out||68. them||93. want|
|19. do||44. if||69. see||94. because|
|20. at||45. about||70. other||95. any|
|21. this||46. who||71. than||96. these|
|22. but||47. get||72. than||97. give|
|23. his||48. which||73. now||98. day|
|24. by||49. go||74. look||99. most|
|25. from||50. me||75. only||100. us|
P.S.: But that is not all we wanted to tell. Compilers of the Oxford Corpus did a great work identifying the most used words. But in fact, a hundred of the most commonly used of them is implemented mainly with other words, which carry the main semantic load. In the Top 100, as you managed to notice, there were a lot of prepositions, pronouns, particles, and adverbs. They are essential; without their help, you can hardly ask the question "How can I get to the library?"
Therefore, we share one more table containing 25 most popular nouns, verbs, and prepositions.
|1. time||1. be||1. good|
|2. person||2. have||2. new|
|3. year||3. do||3. first|
|4. way||4. say||4. last|
|5. day||5. get||5. long|
|6. thing||6. make||6. great|
|7. man||7. go||7. little|
|8. world||8. know||8. own|
|9. life||9. take||9. other|
|10. hand||10. see||10. old|
|11. part||11. come||11. right|
|12. child||12. think||12. big|
|13. eye||13. look||13. high|
|14. woman||14. want||14. different|
|15. place||15. give||15. small|
|16. work||16. use||16. large|
|17. week||17. find||17. next|
|18. case||18. tell||18. early|
|19. point||19. ask||19. young|
|20. government||20. work||20. important|
|21. company||21. seem||21. few|
|22. number||22. feel||22. public|
|23. group||23. try||23. bad|
|24. problem||24. leave||24. same|
|25. fact||25. call||25. able|
You can add little imagination and combine words from different columns into sentences. For example, take the noun "government" from the first column, the verb "work" from the second in Present Simple, and the adjective "great," and get a fantastic exclamation. The government works great! And this is not a pre-election campaign.
To make sure that the knowledge of above-mentioned popular 75 words is a very useful burden that, in fact, does not burden you, you can try to experiment with other words and get something like Woman thinks different or Problem seems small.
This is important, do you agree?