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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  • data

  • The word data was originally the plural of datum.

    Nowadays, the word data is generally used as an uncountable (mass) noun.

    The lack of data makes it difficult to decide.

    The Data Protection Officer refused to allow disclosure of private information.

  • date

  • What date is it today?

  • daughter

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

  • day

  • The day after tomorrow is Thursday.

    The unnecessary movement of vehicles every day is a major cause of pollution.

  • deal

  • The New Deal was a major project aimed at creating jobs and reducing poverty in America.

    The labour union leaders and the company management reached a pay deal and averted a strike.

  • death


  • decision

  • My decision is final; you will not persuade me to change my opinion.

  • defence

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

    The prosecution said that he was a murderer but the defence lawyer said it was mistaken itdentity.

  • degree

  • Her university degree is in Business Administration.

  • demand



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