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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  • war

  • The war on poverty is urgent.

    There is a war of words between the politicians.

    The United Nations Security Council condemned the act of war and called for a ceasefire.

  • water

  • There is a shortage of water in the desert.

    She drinks two litres of water every day.

    The laboratory analysis showed that the water was dangerously polluted.

    On the basis of 5 litres per person, he calculated the group would need 50 litres of water per day.

  • way

  • I enjoy this way (method) of learning.

    Which way (direction) is it to the city centre?

  • week


  • woman

  • She was the first woman to be become president.

    The old woman was in need of care due to her illness.

  • word

  • The word 'book' can be used as a noun, as an adjective and as a verb.

    They got word of his death.

    I found the word in the dictionary.

    The word data was originally the plural of datum.

    Nowadays, the word data is generally used as an uncountable (mass) noun.

  • work

  • I work in an office building.

    Hard work is the road to success.

    The computer system failed to work properly.

    I enjoy my work as a teacher.

    Now that the boss is back, we had better work faster.

    I have to work the night shift on alternate weeks.

    My aim in life is to work hard and to play hard.

    What percentage of students work hard for their examinations?

    Which department do you work in?

  • world

  • She loves the world of art and literature.

    He flew around the world in 3 days.

  • year

  • The school year has three terms or trimesters.

    Last year I went to Spain.

    A year has 12 months.

    We pay our taxes year after year.


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