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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  • attention

  • The teacher told the students to pay attention to the explanations.

    The soldiers stood to attention and saluted when the president drove past.

  • attitude


  • authority

  • The Health Authority gives money to the hospitals.

  • award

  • The soldier won a military award for bravery.

    He asked the court to award the plaintiff $50000 for the serious injuries he has suffered.

    This is the highest academic award that the university can offer.

  • baby

  • The baby was born at 03:30 in the city hospital.

    This baby submarine can carry two people to depths of 500 metres.

  • back

  • He injured his back in a sports accident.

    The two students sat at the back of the class hoping that the teacher would ignore them.

  • bank

  • She went to the bank to deposit some cheques and withdraw some cash.

  • bar

  • He said that Vancouver is the best city bar none. (

  • basis

  • On the basis of 5 litres per person, he calculated the group would need 50 litres of water per day.

  • bed

  • They stayed in bed and breakfast accommodation because it was comfortable and cheap.

    The hotel offered us a room with a double bed or two single beds.


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