List of the top English common nouns

These lists show you which words are used most often. They give you examples of their correct use in phrases or sentences. Note that some words may be used as noun, verb, adjective etc. For definitions and more uses and different meanings of these words you should refer to a good online dictionary or printed book dictionary of English.

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  • area

  • The area of a circle is the radius squared multiplied by pi.

    This learning activity should help you to understand how to calculate the area of a circle.

  • authority

  • The Health Authority gives money to the hospitals.

  • body

  • Her body is healthy but her brain is damaged.

    Human communication is affected by body language and tone of voice as well as the actual words spoken.

  • book

  • I read the book from cover to cover.

    The film is not a patch on the book (colloquial; not as good as).

  • business

  • The abolition of restrictions encourages business expansion.

    What business is it of yours?

    There was a conflict of interest between his business investments and his job as minister.

    Money laundering is used to transfer money from drugs, smuggling and other crimes into legitimate business accounts.

    She has a good reputation as a business leader.

    His business affairs are kept separate from his political position.

    The business students argued about the difference in meaning between

    Her university degree is in Business Administration.

  • car

  • He was injured in a car accident.

    My car has broken down so I will have to go by bus.

    New car drivers must learn to operate the controls with skill.

    The car repair job took 3 days.

    The road was wide enough for the car to overtake.

    You can use my car to drive to town.

    If you approach the airport from the south, you will see a large car park.

    The car factory has installed a new assembly line.

    I need to insure my car against fire, theft and collision damage risks.

  • case

  • I'll wait for you in case you are late.

    You travel light; you have only one case and I have several bags.

    He always carried his credit card in case of emergency.

  • centre

  • The sun is the centre of our universe.

  • change

  • She wished for a change in the weather.

    He brought a change of clothes.

    I didn't have any small change so gave him paper money.

    My decision is final; you will not persuade me to change my opinion.

  • child

  • He was convicted of child abuse.

    My child is sick. Her children are 6 and 8 years old.


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