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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  • agency

  • They went to the ticket agency to buy theatre tickets.

    The inter-governmental agency is responsible for organizing AIDS awareness campaigns in the region.

  • agreement

  • The committee members were in agreement about the new policy proposals.

    The football club signed an agreement with the city council.

    Your agreement is vital. Without it, the plans will not be approved.

  • air

  • All animals and plants depend on oxygen usually from the air around them.

    Air is about 79% nitrogen and 20% oxygen; the rest is other gases including air pollution.

  • amount

  • No amount of pressure will cause me to agree to your proposal.

  • analysis

  • The laboratory analysis showed that the water was dangerously polluted.

  • animal

  • The elephant is a large and strong animal but usually peaceful unless threatened.

  • answer


  • appeal

  • He lodged an appeal against convictiion claiming that he was totally innocent of the crime.

    OXFAM and other charities launched an appeal to raise money for poor people.

  • application

  • The pharmacist said that daily application of the skin cream was necessary.

  • approach

  • His approach to the task is to be patient and persuasive; trying to bully people is not the best approach.

    If you approach the airport from the south, you will see a large car park.

    The scientific approach is dispassionate and rational.


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