The Top 500 most useful words in English

 

 

a

about

across

address

aeroplane

after

afternoon

again

age

air

all

always

American

and

angry

animal

another

answer

any

apple

arm

as

ask

at

autumn

baby

back

bad

bag

ball

banana

be

beautiful

because

bed

before

behind

bell

beside

best

better

between

bicycle

big

bike

bird

bit

bite

black

blackboard

blue

board

boat

body

book

both

bottle

box

boy

bread

break

breakfast

bring

brother

brown

bus

but

butcher

butter

buy

cake

call

can

card

careful

carry

cat

ceiling

centre

chair

chalk

cheap

cheese

child

church

cigarette

cinema

class

clean

clock

coat

coffee

cold

colour

come

cook

copy

corner

count

cow

crowd

cry

cup

cupboard

cut

dance

dark

daughter

day

dear

deep

desk

die

dinner

dirty

do

doctor

dog

door

down

draw

dress

drink

drive

drop

dry

ear

early

ear-ring

east

easy

eat

egg

empty

end

evening

every

example

exercise

eye

face

family

farm

fat

father

field

find

finger

finish

fire

fish

fix

flat

floor

flower

fly

follow

food

foot

for

forget

fork

friend

from

front

fruit

full

funny

game

garden

get

girl

give

glass

go

good

grandfather

grass

green

grey

grocer

ground

group

grow

gun

hair

half

Hello / Hallo

hand

happy

hard

hat

have

he

head

hear

heavy

help

here

high

hill

hold

hole

home

horse

hot

hotel

hour

house

housewife

how

hungry

husband

I

ill

important

in

into

it

job

jump

just

keep

kind

king

kitchen

knife

know

land

large

last

late

leaf

learn

leave

left

leg

lesson

letter

lie

light

like

listen

little

live

long

look

lorry

lose

lot

love

low

lunch

make

man/men

many

market

match

matter

me

meal

meat

midday

middle

midnight

milk

minute

money

month

moon

morning

mother

mouth

move

much

music

must

my

name

narrow

near

need

never

new

next

nice

night

nine

nineteen

ninety

no

noise

none

nose

not/n't

nothing

now

number

o'clock

of

off

office

often

oh

okay/OK

old

on

on foot

on holiday

on a journey

once

one

only

open

or

orange

other

our

out

out of

over

page

paper

party

pen

pencil

people

person

picture

piece

place

plane

plant

plate

play

please

pocket

point

policeman

poor

pot

potato

pleasant

pull

pupil

push

put

quarter

queen

question

quick

quiet

radio

rain

read

really

red

remember

rest

return

rice

rich

ride

right

ring

river

road

room

round

run

sad

sane

sand

say

school

sea

seat

second

see

sell

send

seven

seventeen

seventy

shall

shape

she

sheep

shine

ship

shirt

shoe

shop

short

show

shut

side

sister

sit

six

sixteen

sixty

skirt

sky

sleep

slow

small

smile

so

soft

some

son

soon

soup

south

speak

spell

spoon

spring

square

stairs

stamp

stand

star

stay

stick

still

stop

story

street

strong

student

study

sugar

suit

summer

sun

sunshine

supper

sweet

swim

table

take

talk

tall

taxi

tea

teacher

telephone

television

tell

ten

thank you

that

the

their

them

themselves

then

there

these

they

thick

thin

thing

think

third

thirsty

thirteen

thirty

this

those

three

through

time

tired

to

today

tomorrow

tonight

too

tooth / teeth

top

town

train

tree

trousers

truck

try

twelve

twenty

two

under

understand

up

us

very

visit

wait

walk

wall

want

warm

wash

watch

water

way

we

wear

weather

week

well

west

wet

what

when

where

which

white

who/m

why

wide

wife

will

wind

window

winter

with

woman/

women

wood

word

work

world

worse

worst

write

wrong

year

yellow

yes

yesterday

you

young

your

 

The second 500 most useful words in English

 

able

above

accept

adventure

afraid

against

ago

agree

aircraft

airline

airport

alive

almost

alone

along

already

also

among

amount

anybody

anyone

anything

anywhere

appear

arrive

Atlantic

awake

away

bake

bank

bar

basket

bath

bathe

battle

beach

beat

become

begin

belong

below

beyond

billion

birthday

biscuit

blow

branch

brave

bridge

bright

bring back

broad

brush

bucket

build

burn

bush

business

busy

button

by

cafe

captain

careless

carpet

case

catch

cause

certain

chance

change

chapter

chocolate

choose

cigar

circle

city

clear

clever

climb

close

clothes

cloud

coast

comb

common

company

complete

condition

contain

continue

conversation

cool

correct

cost

cotton

could

country

cousin

cover

cream

crew

cross

cruel

curve

custom

danger

date

dead

decide

deck

deliver

demand

describe

destroy

detective

dictionary

different

difficult

dig

discover

dish

downstairs

dream

drown

drunk

during

each

earth

edge

either

electric

else

enemy

engine

enjoy

enough

even

ever

everybody

everyone

everything

except

excuse

explain

exploit

fact

fail

fair

fall

famous

far

fast

fasten

feed

feel

feel like

fetch

few

fight

fill

fill in

film

fit

fond

fool

foreign

forest

form

free

fresh

fridge

gardener

gate

get back

get down

get in

get off

get on

get up

give back

give out

glance

go after

go by

go on

go out

god

gold

government

guide

hammer

handle

hang

happen

hardly

have on

health

heart

heat

hide

hit

holiday

honest

hope

hospital

hurry

hurt

ice

ice-cream

idea

if

include

ink

instead

iron

island

jar

join

journey

key

kick

kill

kilo

kilometre

kiss

knee

knock

knock down

lady

lake

language

later

laugh

lazy

lead

leader

least

leather

lend

less

let

library

lift

line

list

listener

litre

living-room

loaf

lock

look at

look for

loud

machine

map

march

mark

marry

master

material

may / might

maybe

mean

measure

medicine

meet

meeting

mend

message

metal

metre

might

mile

milkman

million

mind

mine

mirror

miss

mistake

mix

modern

moment

monkey

monthly

more

most

mountain

myself

nature

nearly

necessary

neck

neither

news

newspaper

ninth

nobody

noon

no-one

nor

not only...but also

note

notebook

notice

nowhere

offer

officer

oil

on business

on duty

on fire

oneself

opposite

order

ought

ours

ourselves

outside

own

pack

packet

pain

painful

paint

pair

parson

parent

park

part

pass

passenger

past

path

pay

petrol

philosophy

phone

photo

photograph

picnic

pipe

plastic

play back

pleasure

plenty

police

polite

pool

port

possible

post

postcard

postman

pound

pour

practice

price

problem

promise

pronounce

proper

public

purse

put on

put out

put through

quarrel

quite

railway

raise

rather

reach

reader

ready

reason

receive

recognise

record

refuse

regular

remain

remove

repair

repeat

reply

report

restaurant

result

ring back

ring off

ring up

rise

rock

roll

roof

rose

rule

ruler

runner

rush

safe

sail

sailor

salt

sandwich

save

score

scream

seaside

season

secret

seen

seller

separate

serious

servant

set

seventh

several

shade

shadow

sharp

shoot

shopping

shore

shorts

should

sick

sign

silly

since

sing

singer

sir

sixth

skin

smell

smoke

snow

soap

sock

somebody

someone

something

sometimes

somewhere

song

sorry

sound

space

spade

special

spend

sport

start

station

step

sticky

stone

store

storm

straight

strange

stranger

such

sunrise

sunset

sunny

supply

sure

sweater

sweep

take off

taste

teach

telegram

tenth

than

thank

thanks

theirs

thousand

throw

ticket

tie

tight

till

tin

together

toilet

ton

tool

toward/s

toy

travel

traveller

trip

trouble

true

turn

twelfth

twentieth

twice

unable

undo

unless

until

upon

upstairs

use

usual

valley

valuable

value

vegetable

village

visitor

voice

wake

waste

weak

weigh

whether

while

whole

whose

wild

win

withdraw

without

worker

worth

would

write down

writer

yard

yet

yours

yourself

zero

 

The second thousand most frequent words in English

 

 

abroad

accident

account

ache

act

actor

actual

add

admire

admit

advance

advantage

advice

advise

affair

afford

afterwards

ahead

aim

alcohol

allow

aloud

although

amuse

announce

annoy

anyhow

anyway

apart

apply

approach

approve

area

argue

army

arrange

arrival

art

article

ash

ashamed

assist

astonish

atmosphere

atom

attack

attend

attention

attitude

attract

audience

aunt

Australian

average

avoid

baggage

balance

band

bare

bargain

bark

basin

bear

beard

beer

behave

believe

belt

bend

beneath

bill

blind

birth

bitter

blame

blanket

bleed

blind

block

blood

boil

bold

bomb

bone

bra

brain

break down

break up

breath

brick

bring up

bullet

burst

bury

cage

call away

call for

call in

calm

camp

candle

cap

capital

care

care about

carry on

carry out

cart

castle

cave

cement

century

chain

charge

check

check in

check out

chemist

cheque

chicken

chimney

chin

choice

claim

clap

clear up

clerk

cliff

coal

coin

collar

collect

college

come down

come out

come round

comfort

command

companion

compare

complain

computer

connect

consider

considerable

content

contents

control

corn

cottage

cough

count up

courage

course

crash

crazy

create

crime

criminal

crop

cross out

crown

cultivate

curious

current

curtain

cushion

customer

cut up

cycle

damage

damp

dare

deaf

deal

death

declare

deed

defend

degree

delay

deny

depend

deserve

detail

develop

diamond

direct

direction

director

disadvantage

disagree

disappear

disappoint

discuss

disease

dislike

distance

district

disturb

ditch

dive

divide

do without

domestic

double

doubt

drag

drain

draw out

drawer

drop back

drug

drum

due

dust

duty

eager

earn

educate

effort

elephant

employ

encourage

engineer

enormous

enter

entrance

envelope

equal

equipment

escape

especially

everywhere

exact

examine

excellent

excite

expect

expensive

experience

explode

extra

extreme

factory

fairly

false

familiar

fan

fault

favourite

fear

feather

feeling

fence

fierce

figure

fine

flag

firm

flash

flight

float

flood

flour

flow

fold

forbid

force

forgive

former

fortnight

fountain

fox

freeze

frequent

fry

fuel

fun

fur

furniture

further

future

gain

garage

gas

gather

gay

general

generous

gentle

get along with

get at

get away

get by

get on with

get together

get up to

glad

glove

go for

go off

go under

go with

goal

goat

grain

grandchild

grateful

great

greet

guard

guess

guest

guilty

habit

hall

hand in

handkerchief

handout

hang on

hang up

harbour

harvest

hate

have back

have in

heaven

hedge

height

hell

hero

hire

history

hold on

hold on to

holy

honour

host

housekeeping

however

human

hut

imagine

immediate

immense

impossible

improve

increase

independent

index

individual

industry

influence

inform

inhabitant

initial

inside

insist

in spite of

instrument

intelligent

intend

international

interrupt

introduce

invite

jealous

jet

join in

joke

judge

juice

keep in

keep on

knowledge

lack

ladder

lately

law

lay

lay out

leave in

leave on

length

let down

let in

let out

let through

level

life

lightning

likely

limit

lion

lip

liquid

live on

live through

load

local

lonely

look after

look on

look out

look up

loose

lovely

lower

look

lucky

luggage

lump

mad

magazine

magic

mail

main

make for

maker

manage

manner

manufacture

marriage

married

mass

mat

meaning

meanwhile

measurement

medical

melt

member

memory

mention

merchant

merry

method

mild

mill

minister

miserable

model

motor

motorway

mouse/mice

moustache

movement

multiply

murder

museum

musical

nail

nasty

nation

natural

navy

neat

needle

neglect

neighbour

nephew

nest

net

niece

noble

nod

nonsense

normal

noticeable

nowadays

nuisance

nurse

nut

nylon

oar

obey

object

occasion

off duty

official

open out

opinion

opportunity

ordinary

organisation

organise

otherwise

outdoor

owe

owner

oxygen

palace

pale

pan

parallel

pardon

partly

particular

pass out

passage

passport

pattern

pause

peace

pence

perfect

perform

period

permit

personal

persuade

pet

pig

pile

pillow

pilot

pin

pink

pint

pity

plain

plan

player

pleasant

plot

plough

poet

poison

pole

polish

politics

popular

population

position

possess

possession

postpone

powder

power

powerful

practical

practise

praise

pray

prayer

precious

prefer

prepare

president

press

pretend

pretty

prevent

pride

print

prison

prisoner

private

prize

probable

procession

produce

profession

profit

programme

progress

proof

property

propose

protect

protection

proud

prove

provide

pump

punctual

punish

pure

purpose

put away

put down

put up

pyjamas

quality

quantity

queue

rabbit

race

rail

rank

rapid

rate

raw

razor

real

realise

reasonable

recent

recommend

recover

reduce

refer

regard

regret

relation

religion

remark

remind

rent

request

rescue

reserve

respect

responsible

retire

revolution

reward

ribbon

ripe

roar

root

rough

row

royal

rub out

rubber

rubbish

run down

safety

salary

sale

satisfy

saucer

sausage

saw

scene

science

scissors

scout

scratch

screw

search

secretary

see through

seldom

send for

send out

sense

sentence

serve

service

set off

set out

settle

sew

sex

shake

shallow

shame

share

shave

sheet

shelf

shell

shelter

shock

shot

shoulder

shout

show in

shower

shy

sight

signal

silent

silk

silver

similar

simple

sincere

single

sink

situation

size

skill

sleeve

slide

slight

slightly

slip

smooth

snake

society

soil

soldier

solid

solve

sort

sow

spare

speaker

speech

speed

spoil

spot

spread

stage

stand back

statement

steady

steal

steam

steel

steep

stick out

stiff

sting

stir

stocking

stomach

stop behind

strain

stream

strength

string

struggle

stupid

subject

substance

subtract

succeed

success

sudden

suffer

suggest

suitable

suitcase

support

suppose

surname

surprise

surround

swear

swing

switch

sword

system

tail

take away

take back

tame

tap

tape

tax

teacup

team

tear

tent

term

terrible

test

theatre

therefore

thief

think of

think up

thirst

though

thought

thread

thumb

thunder

tidy

title

tobacco

toe

tongue

total

touch

tore

tourist

towel

track

tractor

traffic

translate

translation

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trust

truth

turn back

turn off

turn on

turn out

turn over

turn up

type

tyre

ugly

umbrella

uncle

university

up to date

upper

urgent

useful

vain

various

vehicle

view

vote

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wages

wagon

waiter

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war

warn

washing machine

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wave

wealth

wealthy

weekend

weekly

weigh

welcome

well-known

well-made

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whatever

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whisper

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wonderful

wooden

wool

worry

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youth