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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  • side

  • The other side of the moon.

    This side of summer.

    This side of the road.

    A side of beef.

  • society


  • state

  • The house was in a poor state (condition).

  • study

  • Conscientious study (process of learning) is the key to examination success.

    The professor published his study of AIDS.

    Psychologists study human behaviour and make associations between stimuli and responses.

  • system

  • The computer system failed to work properly.

  • term

  • The criminal was sentenced to a term of 10 years in jail.

    What does the scientific term 'relativity' mean?

  • thing

  • What is this thing lying on the floor?

  • time

  • What time does the bus service start?

    What time is it?

    The old man was born a very long time ago.

  • use

  • What use are tea leaves if you have no hot water?

    You can use my car to drive to town.

    The FBI use secret agents to smash drugs cartels.

  • view

  • The view from Cape Town


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