Not only are these ten words the most common ones used in a survey of thousands of English language books, but they are often the most commonly used words in people blogs and various newspapers and magazines. However, they are used we seem to use them a lot…
The Top 10 Most Commonly-Used Words in English
10 – Word: “I”
Word Origin: noun, plural I’s or Is, i’s or is. The ninth letter of the English alphabet, a vowel. Any spoken sound represented by the letter I or i, as in big, nice, or ski.
9 – Word: “Have”
Word Origin: verb (used with object), present singular 1st person have, 2nd have or (Archaic) hast, 3rd has or (Archaic) hath, present plural have; past singular 1st person had, 2nd had or (Archaic) hadst or haddest, 3rd had, past plural had; past participle had; present participle having. to get, receive, or take: to have a part in a play; to have news.
8 – Word: “That”
Word Origin: (used to indicate a person, thing, idea, state, event, time, remark, etc., as pointed out or present, mentioned before, supposed to be understood, or by way of emphasis): That is her mother. After that, we saw each other.
7 – Word: “In”
Word Origin: (used to indicate inclusion within space, a place, or limits): walking in the park. Or, in politics; in the autumn.
6 – Word: “A”
Word Origin: noun, plural A’s or As, a’s or as. the first letter of the English alphabet, a vowel. Any spoken sound represented by the letter A or a, as in bake, hat, father, or small.
5 – Word: “And”
Word Origin: (used to connect grammatically coordinate words, phrases, or clauses) along or together with; as well as; in addition to; besides; also; moreover:
pens and pencils.
4 – Word: “Of”
Word Origin: (used to indicate distance or direction from, separation, deprivation, etc.): Within a mile of the church; south of Omaha; to be robbed of one’s money.
3 – Word: “To”
Word Origin: (used for expressing motion or direction toward a point, person, place, or thing approached and reached, as opposed to from): They came to the house.
2 – Word: “Be”
Word Origin: verb (used without object), present singular 1st person am, 2nd are or (Archaic) art, 3rd is, present plural are; past singular 1st person was, 2nd were or (Archaic) wast or wert, 3rd was, past plural were; present subjunctive be; past subjunctive singular 1st person were, 2nd were or (Archaic) wert, 3rd were; past subjunctive plural were; past participle been; present participle being. to exist or live: Shakespeare’s “To be or not to be” is the ultimate question.
1 – Word: “The”
Word Origin: (used, especially before a noun, with a specifying or particularizing effect, as opposed to the indefinite or generalizing force of the indefinite article a or an): the book you gave me; Come into the house.