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.

mp3 audio recordings of words for pronunciation

Now with audio!

Adjust your speakers or headphones and click on the headwords to hear a good clear pronunciation.

  • change

  • She wished for a change in the weather.

    He brought a change of clothes.

    I didn't have any small change so gave him paper money.

    My decision is final; you will not persuade me to change my opinion.

  • chapter

  • When he returned from the war, he started a new chapter in his life.

    The Moseley Chapter of the association meets every Friday evening.

  • character

  • Comic character Baldrick said, 'I have a cunning plan.'

    TV comedy character Baldrick said he had a cunning plan.

  • charge

  • The government is in charge of the army, education, health and trade.

  • child

  • He was convicted of child abuse.

    My child is sick. Her children are 6 and 8 years old.

  • choice

  • Her choice of clothes surprised her mother. Her mother wanted her to choose different clothes.

  • church

  • The Catholic Church is a very large organization with hundreds of millions of believers.

    This church was built 500 years ago but is still used for worship today.

  • circumstance


  • city

  • Mr Khan works in a city office.

    Which way (direction) is it to the city centre?

    The football club signed an agreement with the city council.

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

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

    London is the capital city of England.

    Land is very expensive - especially in city centres and crowded countries.

  • claim

  • The passenger submitted a claim for compensation for the baggage lost at the airport.


Didn't find what you wanted? Search here:

Custom Search