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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  • level

  • The builder used a spirit-level to check whether the wall was level and true.

  • life

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

  • line

  • The line of shoppers grew longer and longer.

  • man

  • This man works hard in the factory all day.

    The police arrested the man and accused him of murder.

    The old man was born a very long time ago.

    If a dog bites a man, that is not news but if a man bites a dog, the newspapers will be interested.

  • market

  • The firm will enter a new market next year.

  • member

  • Are you a member of this club?

    She is a respected member of the community.

  • million

  • Manchester United football club has bought a new player - he cost over a million Euro.

  • minister

  • The minister was accountable to parliament.

    He was a minister in the Blair government.

    She trained as minister of religion.

    Mr Trasker is the Minister of Defence in the Social Democratic government.

  • money

  • The Health Authority gives money to the hospitals.

    Do you have any money to hand?

    I have no money so I cannot buy a new car.

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

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

    OXFAM and other charities launched an appeal to raise money for poor people.

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

  • month

  • February is the only calendar month with 28 days.


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