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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  • people

  • Some English people find strong Scottish accents difficult to understand.

    With the arrival of foreign soldiers, the people were anxious.

    Other people were present.

    Some people eat pork and some don't.

    A lot of people were at the market.

    What age are you? Only people aged 18 and over are allowed in this club.

    His approach to the task is to be patient and persuasive; trying to bully people is not the best approach.

    Most people have two arms and two legs. He has a tatoo on his right arm.

    This baby submarine can carry two people to depths of 500 metres.

    The MDC (Movement for Democratic Change) said it would bring about improvements in the lives of ordinary people in Zimbabwe.

  • per cent (%)

  • Inflation increased to 5 per cent (%) last year.

  • period

  • He was absent for a period of three weeks.

    The period from June to August is a very busy time.

    Her period was overdue.

    The nineteenth century was a very turbulent period in British history.

  • person

  • He is a person of integrity.

    She was acting like a very upset person but I

  • place

  • This is the place to be.

  • point

  • What is the point of doing that?

    What is your point of view?

  • police

  • The police took action to reduce crime.

    The protesters could not cross the police line.

    The police arrested the man and accused him of murder.

    After the terrorist attack, there was a lot of police activity at the airport.

    The police became suspicious of his association with known terrorists and they brought him in for questioning.

    The police force hopes to recruit women trainees.

    After the fight, the police charged the suspect with assault.

  • policy

  • It is our policy to look after all our customers.

    The committee members were in agreement about the new policy proposals.

  • power

  • Electric power is used for lighting, cooking and heating.

    Political power corrupts many leaders.

  • problem

  • I have a problem with my car.


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