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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  • mother

  • The mother fed her children.

    The mother ship was escorted into harbour.

    Her choice of clothes surprised her mother. Her mother wanted her to choose different clothes.

    My mother and father have two children: a daughter and a son.

  • Mr


  • name

  • My name is Peter.

    What's the name of your hotel?

    Can you name the 27 countries of the European Union?

    I wrote his name and address in my notebook.

  • need

  • A friend in need is a friend indeed.

    I need a new part for my car.

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

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

    We need to budget for further expansion and increased advetising expenditure.

    Students need careful advice about making wise career choices.

    You will need a lot of force to break down that security door.

    Wait a moment! This is not the right moment to go away. At moments like this, we need to be careful.

    I need to insure my car against fire, theft and collision damage risks.

  • night

  • I have to work the night shift on alternate weeks.

  • number

  • This number is greater than ten.

  • office

  • I work in an office building.

    The office of President is extremely powerful.

    I asked at the theatre box office but they said that no seats were available.

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

  • other

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

    The other side of the moon.

    Air is about 79% nitrogen and 20% oxygen; the rest is other gases including air pollution.

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

  • part

  • I need a new part for my car.

    He played the part of King Lear in the play.

    I take part in sports.

    Google Earth lets you zoom in on photographs of any part of the world.

  • party

  • It was no accident that they left the party at the same time.

    We had a birthday party on Friday.

    The Labour Party candidate was successful in the election.

    There is a public party tonight in the community hall.


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