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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  • end

  • At the end of the day.

    The far end of the road.

    At the end of the meeting, there was a collection to raise money for the project.

  • eye

  • He has an eye for fine art.

    Keep an eye on the children.

    My left eye is hurting.

  • face

  • The face of modern Britain.

    He washed his face and brushed his hair.

  • fact

  • Is this fact or fiction?

    The fact is, I overslept.

  • family

  • This family of plants is nearing extinction.

    My family consists of my mother, my father and me.

    The family is on benefit; they depend on welfare benefits because there are so few jobs available.

  • figure

  • Look at the map in figure 8.

  • form

  • The footballer was in good form and scored two goals.

    Fill in the form using a ballpoint pen.

  • friend

  • A friend in need is a friend indeed.

    My friend John lives nearby.

  • government

  • The government has no control over the weather.

    The government increase security controls due to the bomb scare.

    The government is in charge of the army, education, health and trade.

    He tried to gain an unfair advantage by bribing the government official.

  • group

  • A group of students were chatting.

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


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