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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  • behaviour

  • The hooligans behaviour was totally unacceptable.

    Psychologists study human behaviour and make associations between stimuli and responses.

  • benefit

  • I cannot see any benefit in allowing this dangerous activity to take place.

  • bill

  • He stayed so long in the hotel that his bill amounted to over 500 dollars.

  • bird

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

  • bit

  • That ancient college has a royal charter and coat of arms - a bit like a logo, really!

  • blood

  • The blood sample was taken to the laboratory for analysis.

    They gave their blood fighting fot the independence of their country.

  • board

  • The board of directors ordered all employees to be more efficient and give better service to customers.

  • body

  • Her body is healthy but her brain is damaged.

    Human communication is affected by body language and tone of voice as well as the actual words spoken.

  • book

  • I read the book from cover to cover.

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

  • box

  • I asked at the theatre box office but they said that no seats were available.

    He put the present into a large box and wrapped it carefully before posting.



 

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