The 500 Most Commonly Used Words in the English Language

Based on the combined results of British English, American English and Australian English surveys of contemporary sources in English: newspapers, magazines, books, TV, radio and real life conversations - the language as it is written and spoken today.

Rank

Word

Rank

Word

1

the

126

Name

2

of

127

Very

3

to

128

Through

4

and

129

Just

5

a

130

Form

6

in

131

Much

7

is

132

Great

8

it

133

Think

9

you

134

Say

10

that

135

Help

11

he

136

Low

12

was

137

Line

13

for

138

Before

14

on

139

Turn

15

are

140

Cause

16

with

141

Same

17

as

142

Mean

18

I

143

Differ

19

his

144

Move

20

they

145

Right

21

be

146

Boy

22

at

147

Old

23

one

148

Too

24

have

149

Does

25

this

150

Tell

26

from

151

Sentence

27

or

152

Set

28

had

153

Three

29

by

154

Want

30

hot

155

Air

31

but

156

Well

32

some

157

Also

33

what

158

Play

34

there

159

Small

35

we

160

End

36

can

161

Put

37

out

162

Home

38

other

163

Read

39

were

164

Hand

40

all

165

Port

41

your

166

Large

42

when

167

Spell

43

up

168

Add

44

use

169

Even

45

word

170

Land

46

how

171

Here

47

said

172

Must

48

an

173

Big

49

each

174

High

50

she

175

Such

51

which

176

Follow

52

do

177

Act

53

their

178

Why

54

time

179

Ask

55

if

180

Men

56

will

181

Change

57

way

182

Went

58

about

183

Light

59

many

184

Kind

60

then

185

Off

61

them

186

Need

62

would

187

House

63

write

188

Picture

64

like

189

Try

65

so

190

Us

66

these

191

Again

67

her

192

Animal

68

long

193

Point

69

make

194

Mother

70

thing

195

World

71

see

196

Near

72

him

197

Build

73

two

198

Self

74

has

199

Earth

75

look

200

Father

76

more

201

Head

77

day

202

Stand

78

could

203

Own

79

go

204

Page

80

come

205

Should

81

did

206

Country

82

my

207

Found

83

sound

208

Answer

84

no

209

School

85

most

210

Grow

86

number

211

Study

87

who

212

Still

88

over

213

Learn

89

know

214

Plant

90

water

215

Cover

91

than

216

Food

92

call

217

Sun

93

first

218

Four

94

people

219

Thought

95

may

220

Let

96

down

221

Keep

97

side

222

Eye

98

been

223

Never

99

now

224

Last

100

find

225

Door

101

any

226

Between

102

new

227

City

103

work

228

Tree

104

part

229

Cross

105

take

230

Since

106

get

231

Hard

107

place

232

Start

108

made

233

Might

109

live

234

Story

110

where

235

Saw

111

after

236

Far

112

back

237

Sea

113

little

238

Draw

114

only

239

Left

115

round

240

Late

116

man

241

Run

117

year

242

don't

118

came

243

While

119

show

244

Press

120

every

245

Close

121

good

246

Night

122

me

247

Real

123

give

248

Life

124

our

249

Few

125

under

250

Stop

 

Rank

Word

Rank

Word

251

open

376

ten

252

seem

377

simple

253

together

378

several

254

next

379

vowel

255

white

380

toward

256

children

381

war

257

begin

382

lay

258

got

383

against

259

walk

384

pattern

260

example

385

slow

261

ease

386

center

262

paper

387

love

263

often

388

person

264

always

389

money

265

music

390

serve

266

those

391

appear

267

both

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