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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  • figure

  • Look at the map in figure 8.

  • film

  • The film is not a patch on the book (colloquial; not as good as).

    The film star appeared in person.

    That film star can act brilliantly.

  • fire

  • Although the fire had finished burning, the ash was still very hot.

  • firm

  • The firm will enter a new market next year.

    The firm needed to raise more capital to finance new investment in export markets.

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

  • fish

  • She bought fish at the village market.

    The school of fish swam away.

    The bird swooped from high in the sky and plucked a fish from the lake.

  • floor


  • food

  • The food shortages led to civil unrest.

  • foot

  • In Imperial measurements, the foot is a unit of length; a metric metre is about three feet.

  • force

  • This experiment demonstrates the force fields around a magnet.

    You will need a lot of force to break down that security door.

    The police force hopes to recruit women trainees.

    The force of Earth

  • form

  • The footballer was in good form and scored two goals.

    Fill in the form using a ballpoint pen.


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