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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  • ability

  • She has the ability to pass the exam.

  • access

  • He failed to access the locked room.

    She uses Access database to store information.

  • account


  • act

  • That film star can act brilliantly.

    He was coughing so badly he had to leave the theatre during act three.

    The United Nations Security Council condemned the act of war and called for a ceasefire.

  • action

  • The police took action to reduce crime.

  • activity

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

    This learning activity should help you to understand how to calculate the area of a circle.

    I cannot see any benefit in allowing this dangerous activity to take place.

  • advantage

  • He tried to gain an unfair advantage by bribing the government official.

  • advice

  • She is manager of the advice centre.

    What advice can you give me to solve this problem?

    Students need careful advice about making wise career choices.

  • affair

  • They kept their love affair secret so that the newspapers would not publish embarassing stories.

  • age

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


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