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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  • city

  • Mr Khan works in a city office.

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

    The football club signed an agreement with the city council.

    The baby was born at 03:30 in the city hospital.

    He said that Vancouver is the best city bar none. (

    London is the capital city of England.

    Land is very expensive - especially in city centres and crowded countries.

  • community

  • There is a public party tonight in the community hall.

  • company

  • The accountant produced the company accounts for the tax inspector.

    Don't keep company with bad people.

    The company went into administration and eventually closed down.

    The labour union leaders and the company management reached a pay deal and averted a strike.

    The company has advertised a new post - Chief Accounting Officer.

  • council

  • The local council looks after street cleaning.

    She was elected to the Council of Ministers.

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

    They applied to the local council for planning approval to build a new office block.

  • country

  • We visited a country park.

    France is a large country in Europe.

    It is your duty to be loyal to your country and be a good citizen.

  • court

  • The court of King Rascali was corrupt.

    The judge sits in court and hears criminal cases.

    The court is very busy - the judge has to hear several cases this week.

    The lawyer submitted a detailed argument to the court claiming that the defendant had an alibi.

    He asked the court to award the plaintiff $50000 for the serious injuries he has suffered.

    The decison of the district court was overturned by the higher court of appeal.

  • day

  • The day after tomorrow is Thursday.

    The unnecessary movement of vehicles every day is a major cause of pollution.

  • development

  • Educational development is very important for the nation.

    Foreign governments give development aid to poorer countries.

    The Expressionist movement was an important stage in the development of modern art.

  • door

  • Please close the door when you go out.

  • effect

  • What effect will this have on my salary?


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