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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  • hand

  • He lost his right hand in an industrial accident.

  • head

  • They were at the head of the race.

    She is the head of marketing.

  • home

  • He lives at home with his parents.

    England was the home of the industrial revolution.

  • hour

  • An hour has 60 minutes.

  • house

  • My house is on this street.

    Part of the house fell down.

    The house was in a poor state (condition).

    One of the rooms in his house is used as a study.

    The British House of Lords is unelected and some say undemocratic - but it works quite well most of the time.

  • idea

  • He has no idea about cooking.

    I have an idea for a new book.

  • information

  • He gave false information to the police.

  • interest

  • He paid 12% interest on his loan.

    Did he show any interest in her painting?

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

    He earned 8% interest on the money in his savings account.

  • job

  • Have you posted your job application?

    He has three years job experience in this industry.

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

    It's quite a job to climb that steep hill.

    My job is well-paid and I I hope for another salary increase soon.

    The car repair job took 3 days.

  • law

  • The new law was passed in parliament and enforced by the courts.

    The law of nature says that all living things must eventually die.


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