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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  • department

  • Which department do you work in?

  • design

  • His design for a new style of furniture won first prize.

  • detail

  • Attention to detail is vital in forensic science.

  • development

  • Educational development is very important for the nation.

    Foreign governments give development aid to poorer countries.

    The Expressionist movement was an important stage in the development of modern art.

  • difference

  • The business students argued about the difference in meaning between

  • difficulty

  • His firm had great difficulty in obtaining finance to buy the expensive new machine.

  • direction


  • director

  • She is the director responsible for the new department.

  • discussion

  • The association of ideas led to a discussion covering many seemingly unrelated topics.

  • disease

  • Millions of children suffer poverty, disease and starvation due to social inequalities.


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