The most useful 2000 words in English

These are the most common 2000 words in English. They are themost useful words for your study of English because you will meetthem very often. You cannot learn English without them!! Youhave no choice but to learn these words if you wish to learn evenbasic English. However, you probably already know most of thesewords. Look through this list and underline any words and phrasesyou do not know. There are no numbers, days and months in thislist.

Be very careful of 2 things

Because you may know the word as a verb does not mean you knowthe noun
remember that there are word family members to learn too. E.g.help --> helps, helping, helped, helpful, helpless, unhelpfuletc.

sthg = something s/one = someone s/where = somewhere
to buy (sthg) means 'to buy' or 'to buy something'
to meet (s/one) means 'to meet' or 'to meet someone'
to agree (with s/one) means 'to agree' or 'to agree with someone'
to teach (sthg (to s/one)) means 'to teach', 'to teach someone';'to teach something' or 'to teach something to someone'

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a
an ability
able
be able to do sthg
about
above
an absence
absolutely
academic
to accept sthg
access
an accident
to accompany s/one
according to s/one or sthg
an account
to account for sthg
to achieve sthg
an achievement
an acid
to acquire sthg
across
an act
to act
an action
active
an activity
actual
actually
to add (sthg)
an addition
additional
an address
to address s/one or sthg
an administration
to admit sthg
to adopt s/one
an adult
an advance
an advantage
advice
to advise (s/one)
an affair
to affect sthg
to afford sthg
afraid
after
an afternoon
afterwards
again
against
an age
an agency
an agent
ago
to agree (with s/one)
an agreement
ahead
aid
an aim
to aim for sthg
to aim to + verb
air
an aircraft
all
to allow sthg
almost
alone
alone
along
already
alright
also
alternative
an alternative
although
always
among
amongst
an amount
an analysis
ancient
and
an animal
to announce sthg
annual
another
an answer
to answer (s/one)
any
anybody
anyone
anything
anyway
apart
apparent
apparently
an appeal
to appeal (to s/one)
to appear (in sthg)
to appear at a place
an appearance
an application
to apply (to s/one)
to apply (for sthg)
to appoint s/one
an appointment
an approach
to approach s/one
appropriate
to approve (sthg)
an area
to argue (with s/one)
an argument
to arise
an arm
an army
around
to arrange sthg
an arrangement
to arrive (at a place)
(an) art
an article
an artist
as
to ask (s/one)
an aspect
an assembly
to assess sthg
an assessment
an asset
to associate with s/one
an association
to assume sthg
an assumption
at
an atmosphere
to attach sthg (to sthg)
an attack
to attack (s/one)
an attempt
to attempt sthg
to attend (sthg)
attention
an attitude
to attract s/one or sthg
attractive
an audience
an author
an authority
available
average
to avoid s/one or sthg
an award
to award sthg to s/one
aware
away
a baby
back
a back
a background
bad
a bag
a balance
a ball
a band
a bank
a bar
a base
to base sthg on sthg
basic
a basis
a battle
to be
to bear sthg
to beat s/one
beautiful
because
to become sthg or s/one
a bed
a bedroom
before
to begin sthg
a beginning
a behaviour
behind
a belief
to believe (s/one)
to believe in sthg
to belong to sthg
below
beneath
a benefit
beside
best
better
between
beyond
big
a bill
to bind sthg
a bird
a birth
a bit
black
a block
blood
bloody
to blow
blue
a board
a boat
a body
a bone
a book
a border
both
a bottle
a bottom
a box
a boy
a brain
a branch
to break sthg
a breath
a bridge
brief
bright
to bring sthg
broad
a brother
a budget
to build sthg
a building
to burn sthg
a bus
a business
busy
but
to buy (sthg)
by
a cabinet
a call
to call s/one
a campaign
can do / be /have ...
a candidate
capable
a capacity
a capital
a car
a card
care
to care (for s/one or sthg)
a career
careful
carefully
to carry sthg
a case
cash
a cat
to catch (sthg)
a category
a cause
to cause sthg
a cell
central
a centre (or center)
a century
certain
certainly
a chain
a chair
a chairman
a challenge
a chance
a change
to change (sthg)
a channel
a chapter
a character
a characteristic
a charge
to charge s/one
cheap
to check sthg
a chemical
chief
a child
a choice
to choose sthg or s/one
a church
a circle
a circumstance
a citizen
a city
civil
a claim
to claim sthg
a class
clean
clear
to clear sthg
clearly
a client
to climb (sthg)
be close (to sthg)
to close sthg
closely
clothes
a club
coal
(a) code
(a) coffee
cold
a colleague
to collect sthg
a collection
a college
a colour
a combination
to combine sthg
to come
a comment
to comment (on sthg)
commercial
a commission
to commit sthg
a commitment
a committee
common
(a) communication
a community
a company
to compare sthg (with sthg)
a comparison
a competition
complete
to complete sthg
completely
complex
a component
a computer
to concentrate (on sthg)
a concentration
a concept
a concern
to concern oneself with sthg
concerned
to conclude sthg
a conclusion
a condition
to conduct sthg
a conference
confidence
to confirm sthg
a conflict
a congress
to connect sthg (with sthg)
a connection
a consequence
conservative
to consider sthg
considerable
a consideration
to consist of sthg
constant
a construction
a consumer
a contact
to contact s/one
to contain sthg
content
a context
to continue sthg
a contract
a contrast
to contribute to sthg
a contribution
(a) control
to control sthg
a convention
a conversation
a copy
a corner
corporate
correct
'cos (because)
a cost
to cost
could do / be / ...
a council
to count sthg
a country
a county
a couple
a course
a court
a cover
to cover sthg
to create (sthg)
a creation
credit
(a) crime
criminal
a crisis
a criterion
critical
(a) criticism
to cross sthg
a crowd
to cry
cultural
(a) culture
a cup
current
currently
a curriculum
a customer
a cut
to cut sthg
damage
to damage sthg
a danger
dangerous
dark
data
a date
to date s/one
a daughter
a day
dead
a deal
to deal with s/one or sthg
(a) death
a debate
a debt
a decade
to decide sthg
a decision
to declare sthg
deep
a defence
a defense
a defendant
to define sthg
a definition
a degree
to deliver sthg
a demand
to demand sthg
democratic
to demonstrate sthg
to deny sthg
a department
to depend on sthg or s/one
a deputy
to derive sthg
to describe sthg
a description
a design
to design sthg
(a) desire
a desk
despite
to destroy sthg
a detail
detailed
to determine sthg
to develop sthg
a development
a device
to die
a difference
different
difficult
a difficulty
a dinner
direct
to direct sthg
a direction
directly
a director
to disappear
a discipline
to discover sthg
to discuss sthg
a discussion
a disease
a display
to display sthg
a distance
a distinction
a distribution
a district
to divide sthg
a division
to do sthg
a doctor
a document
a dog
domestic
a door
double
a doubt
down
to draw sthg
a drawing
a dream
a dress
to dress
a drink
to drink (sthg)
a drive
to drive sthg
a driver
to drop sthg
a drug
dry
due
during
a duty
each
an ear
early
to earn sthg
an earth
easily
east
easy
to eat (sthg)
economic
an economy
an edge
an editor
an education
educational
an effect
effective
effectively
an effort
an egg
either
elderly
an election
an element
else
elsewhere
to emerge
an emphasis
to employ s/one
an employee
an employer
employment
empty
to enable sthg to +verb
to encourage sthg
to encourage (s/one to do ..)
an end
to end sthg
an enemy
energy
an engine
engineering
to enjoy sthg
enough
to ensure sthg +verb(+s)
to enter sthg
an enterprise
entire
entirely
to entitle s/one to sthg
an entry
an environment
environmental
equal
equally
an equipment
an error
to escape (from sthg or s/one)
especially
essential
to establish sthg
an establishment
an estate
to estimate sthg
even
an evening
an event
eventually
ever
every
everybody
everyone
everything
evidence
exactly
an examination
to examine sthg or s/one
an example
excellent
except
an exchange
an executive
an exercise
to exercise
an exhibition
to exist
an existence
existing
to expect sthg
to expect s/one to do sthg
an expectation
an expenditure
an expense
expensive
an experience
to experience
an experiment
an expert
to explain (sthg)
an explanation
to explore (sthg)
to express sthg (to s/one)
an expression
to extend sthg
an extent
external
extra
extremely
an eye
a face
to face sthg or s/one
a facility
a fact
a factor
a factory
to fail (sthg)
a failure
fair
fairly
a faith
a fall
to fall
familiar
a family
famous
far
a farm
a farmer
a fashion
fast
a father
a favour
a fear
to fear sthg or s/one
a feature
a fee
to feel sthg
a feeling
female
few
(a) few
a field
to fight (s/one)
a figure
a file
to fill sthg
a film
final
finally
finance
financial
to find sthg or s/one
a finding
fine
a finger
to finish sthg
a fire
a firm
first
a fish
to fit
to fix sthg
a flat
a flight
a floor
a flow
a flower
to fly (sthg)
to focus (on sthg)
to follow sthg or s/one
following
a food
a foot
a football
for
a force
to force s/one to do sthg
foreign
a forest
to forget (sthg or s/one)
a form
to form sthg
formal
former
forward
a foundation
free
a freedom
frequently
fresh
a friend
from
front
the front
a fruit
a fuel
full
fully
a function
a fund
funny
further
future
a future
to gain sthg
a game
a garden
a gas
a gate
to gather (sthg or s/one)
general
a general
generally
to generate sthg
a generation
a gentleman
to get sthg
a girl
to give sthg
a glass
to go somewhere
to go to (+ name)
a goal
a god
a gold
good
goods
a government
a grant
to grant s/one sthg
great
green
grey (or gray)
a ground
a group
to grow (sthg)
growing
a growth
a guest
a guide
a gun
a hair
half of sthg
a half
a hall
a hand
to hand sthg (to s/one)
to handle sthg
to hang sthg (on sthg)
to happen
happy
hard
hardly
to hate sthg or s/one
to have sthg
he
a head
to head somewhere
a health
can hear (sthg)
to hear (sthg)
a heart
a heat
heavy
hell
a help
to help (s/one with sthg)
hence
her
here
herself
to hide (sthg or s/one)
high
highly
a hill
him
himself
his
historical
a history
to hit sthg or s/one
to hold sthg
a hole
a holiday
(a) home
a hope
to hope (for sthg)
a horse
a hospital
hot
a hotel
a hour
a house
a household
housing
how
however
huge
human
a human
to hurt (s/one or sthg)
a husband
I
an idea
to identify s/one
if
to ignore s/one
to illustrate sthg
an image
to imagine (sthg)
immediate
immediately
an impact
an implication
to imply sthg
importance
important
to impose s/one with sthg
impossible
an impression
to improve sthg
an improvement
in
an incident
to include sthg (in sthg)
including
an income
an increase
to increase sthg
increased
increasingly
indeed
independent
an index
to indicate sthg
individual
an individual
industrial
an industry
(an) influence
to influence sthg or s/one
to inform s/one about sthg
to inform s/one of sthg
information
initial
an initiative
an injury
inside
to insist on sthg
an instance
instead
an institute
an institution
an instruction
an instrument
insurance
to intend to do sthg
to intend doing sthg
an intention
an interest
interested
interesting
internal
international
an interpretation
an interview
into
to introduce s/one (to s/one)
an introduction
to investigate (sthg)
an investigation
an investment
to invite s/one (to s/where)
to involve s/one (in sthg)
an iron
an island
an issue
to issue sthg
it
an item
its
itself
a job
to join sthg (to sthg)
joint
a journey
a judge
to judge (sthg)
to jump
just
a justice
to keep sthg
key
a key
a kid
to kill (s/one)
a kind
a king
a kitchen
a knee
to know (sthg)
a knowledge
labour
a lack of sthg
a lady
a land
a language
large
largely
last
to last
late
later
latter
to laugh (at sthg)
to laugh (with s/one)
to laugh about sthg
to launch sthg
a law
a lawyer
to lay
a lead
to lead (sthg or s/one)
a leader
a leadership
leading
a leaf
a league
to lean
to learn (sthg)
least
to leave (s/where)
left
a leg
legal
a legislation
a length
less
to let s/one do sthg
a letter
a level
a liability
liberal
a library
to lie
a life
to lift (sthg or s/one)
light
a light
a like
be like sthg or s/one
to like sthg or s/one
likely
a limit
to limit sthg
limited
a line
a link
to link sthg (to sthg)
a lip
a list
to listen (to sthg)
to listen (to s/one)
a literature
little
to live (s/where)
living
a loan
local
a location
long
a look
to look (at sthg)
to look (at s/one)
a lord
to lose (sthg or s/one)
a loss
a lot
a love
to love (sthg or s/one)
lovely
low
a lunch
a machine
a magazine
main
mainly
to maintain sthg
major
a majority
to make sthg
be male
a male
a man
to manage (sthg)
a management
a manager
a manner
many
a map
a mark
to mark sthg
a market
to market sthg
a marriage
be married (to s/one)
get married (to s/one)
to marry s/one
(a) mass
a master
a match
to match sthg with sthg
a material
a matter
to matter
may do / be / ...
maybe
me
a meal
to mean sthg
a meaning
a means
meanwhile
a measure
to measure sthg
a mechanism
media
medical
to meet (s/one)
a meeting
a member
a membership
a memory
mental
to mention sthg (to s/one)
merely
a message
a metal
a method
a middle
might do / be / ...
a mile
military
a milk
a mind
to mind (sthg)
a mine
a minister
a ministry
a minute
to miss sthg or s/one
a mistake
a model
modern
a module
a moment
money
a month
more
a morning
most
a mother
a motion
a motor
a mountain
a mouth
a move
to move sthg
a movement
much
a murder
a museum
music
must
my
myself
a name
to name sthg or s/one
narrow
a nation
national
natural
a nature
near
nearly
necessarily
necessary
a neck
a need
to need sthg or s/one
to need to do sthg
a negotiation
a neighbour
neither
a network
never
nevertheless
new
news
a newspaper
next
nice
a night
no
no-one
nobody
to nod
a noise
none
nor
normal
normally
north
northern
a nose
not
a note
to note sthg
nothing
a notice
to notice (sthg)
a notion
now
nuclear
a number
a nurse
an object
an objective
an observation
to observe (sthg)
to obtain sthg
obvious
obviously
an occasion
to occur
odd
of
off
an offence
an offer
to offer (sthg (to s/one))
an office
an officer
official
an official
often
an oil
okay
old
on
once
one
only
onto
be open
to open sthg
to operate sthg
to operate on s/one
an operation
an opinion
an opportunity
an opposition
an option
or
an order
to order (sthg)
ordinary
an organisation
to organise sthg or s/one
an organization
an origin
original
other
an other
otherwise
ought
our
ourselves
out
an outcome
an output
outside
over
overall
own
to own sthg
an owner
a package
a page
a pain
to paint (sthg)
a painting
a pair
a panel
a paper
a parent
a park
a parliament
a part
particular
particularly
partly
a partner
a party
to pass (sthg)
a passage
past
a past
a path
a patient
a pattern
a pay
to pay (sthg)
a payment
a peace
a pension
a people
per
percent
perfect
to perform (sthg)
a performance
perhaps
a period
permanent
a person
personal
to persuade s/one
a phase
a phone
a photograph
physical
to pick sthg or s/one
a picture
a piece
a place
to place sthg on sthg
a plan
to plan sthg
a planning
a plant
a plastic
a plate
a play
to play sthg
to play with s/one
a player
please
a pleasure
plenty
plus
a pocket
a point
to point (to sthg)
to point (to s/one)
the police
a policy
political
a politics
a pool
poor
popular
a population
a position
positive
a possibility
possible
possibly
a post
potential
a potential
a pound
a power
powerful
practical
a practice
to prefer sthg (to sthg)
to prefer s/one (to s/one)
to prepare sthg
a presence
present
a present
to present (a prize)
a president
a press
to press sthg
a pressure
pretty
to prevent sthg
previous
previously
a price
primary
prime
a principle
a priority
a prison
a prisoner
private
probably
a problem
a procedure
a process
to produce sthg
a product
a production
professional
a profit
a program
a programme
progress
a project
to promise (sthg)
to promote sthg or s/one
proper
properly
a property
a proportion
to propose (sthg to s/one)
a proposal
a prospect
to protect sthg or s/one
a protection
to prove sthg (to s/one)
to provide sthg (to s/one)
provided
a provision
a pub
public
a public
a publication
to publish sthg
to pull sthg
a pupil
a purpose
to push sthg or s/one
to put sthg s/where
a quality
a quarter
a question
to question s/one (about sthg)
quick
quickly
quiet
quite
a race
a radio
a railway
a rain
to raise sthg
a range
rapidly
rare
a rate
rather
to reach sthg or s/one
a reaction
to read sthg
a reader
(a) reading
ready
real
to realise sthg
a reality
to realize sthg
really
a reason
reasonable
to recall sthg
to receive sthg (from s/one)
recent
recently
to recognise sthg or s/one
a recognition
to recognize sthg or s/one
to recommend sthg (to s/one)
a record
to record sthg
to recover sthg (from s/one)
red
to reduce sthg
a reduction
to refer sthg (to s/one)
a reference
to reflect on sthg
a reform
to refuse sthg
to regard sthg
a region
regional
regular
a regulation
to reject sthg
to relate (sthg) to sthg
a relation
a relationship
relative
relatively
(a) release
to release sthg
relevant
a relief
a religion
religious
to rely on sthg or s/one
to remain
to remember sthg or s/one
to remind s/one (about sthg)
to remove sthg (from ... )
to repeat sthg
to replace sthg
to reply (to s/one)
a report
to report sthg (to s/one)
to report to s/one
to represent sthg
a representation
a representative
a request
to require s/one to do sthg
a requirement
research
a resource
a respect
to respond (to sthg or to s/one)
a response
a responsibility
responsible
a rest
to rest
a restaurant
a result
to retain sthg
a return
to return (sthg to s/one)
to reveal sthg (to s/one)
revenue
a review
a revolution
rich
to ride (sthg)
right
a right
a ring
to ring (sthg)
a rise
to rise
a risk
a river
a road
a rock
a role
to roll sthg
a roof
a room
round
a route
a row
royal
a rule
a run
to run
rural
safe
safety
a sale
same
a sample
to satisfy sthg or s/one
to save (sthg)
to say sthg to s/one
a scale
a scene
a scheme
a school
a science
scientific
a scientist
to score sthg
a screen
a sea
a search
to search sthg (for sthg)
a season
a seat
a second
secondary
a secretary
a section
a sector
to secure sthg
a security
can see (sthg or s/one)
to see (sthg or s/one)
to seek for sthg
to seem +adj
to seem to be +adj
to select sthg
a selection
to sell (sthg (to s/one))
to send sthg (to s/one)
senior
a sense
a sentence
separate
to separate sthg (from sthg)
a sequence
a series
serious
seriously
a servant
to serve (s/one sthg)
a service
a session
a set
to set sthg s/where
to settle (sthg)
a settlement
several
severe
sex
sexual
to shake sthg
shall
a shape
a share
to share (sthg)
she
a sheet
a ship
a shoe
to shoot (sthg or s/one)
a shop
short
a shot
should
a shoulder
to shout (at s/one)
a show
to show sthg (to s/one)
to shut sthg
a side
a sight
a sign
to sign sthg
a signal
a significance
significant
a silence
similar
simple
simply
since
since
to sing sthg
single
a sir
a sister
to sit (on sthg)
a site
a situation
a size
a skill
a skin
a sky
to sleep
slightly
to slip (on sthg)
slow
slowly
small
a smile
to smile (to s/one)
so
social
a society
soft
a software
a soil
a soldier
a solicitor
a solution
some
somebody
someone
something
sometimes
somewhat
somewhere
a son
a song
soon
be sorry
a sort
a sound
to sound
a source
south
southern
a space
to speak (to s/one)
a speaker
special
a species
specific
a speech
a speed
to spend sthg
to spend time doing sthg
a spirit
a sport
a spot
to spread sthg
a spring
a staff
a stage
to stand (on somewhere)
standard
a standard
a star
to star (in sthg)
a start
to start (sthg)
a state
to state sthg (to s/one)
a statement
a station
a status
to stay (somewhere)
to steal (sthg (from s/one))
a step
to step on sthg
to stick to s/one
to stick sthg to/on sthg
still
a stock
a stone
to stop (sthg)
to stop doing sthg
to stop to do sthg
a store
a story
straight
strange
a strategy
a street
a strength
a strike
to strike (sthg or s/one)
strong
strongly
a structure
a student
a studio
a study
to study sthg
a stuff
a style
a subject
substantial
to succeed (in sthg)
to succeed (at sthg)
a success
successful
such
suddenly
to suffer (sthg)
sufficient
to suggest sthg (to s/one)
a suggestion
suitable
a sum
a summer
a sun
a supply
to supply sthg (to s/one)
a support
to support s/one
to suppose sthg
sure
surely
a surface
a surprise
to surround sthg
a survey
to survive
to switch
a system
a table
to take sthg from s/one or sthg
a talk
to talk (to s/one)
tall
a tape
a target
a task
a tax
a tea
to teach (sthg (to s/one))
to teach (s/one (about sthg))
a teacher
a teaching
a team
a tear
technical
a technique
(a) technology
a telephone
a television
to tell s/one sthg
a temperature
to tend to sthg
to tend to do sthg
a term
a terms
terrible
a test
to test sthg or s/one
a text
than
to thank s/one (for sthg)
a thanks
that
the
a theatre
their
them
a theme
themselves
then
a theory
there
therefore
these
they
thin
a thing
to think (of sthg or s/one)
to think (about sthg or s/one)
this
those
though
though
a thought
a threat
to threaten s/one (with sthg)
through
throughout
to throw (sthg (s/where))
to throw (sthg (to s/one))
thus
a ticket
a time
tiny
a title
to
today
together
tomorrow
a tone
tonight
too
a tool
a tooth
top
a top
total
a total
totally
a touch
to touch (sthg or s/one)
a tour
towards
a town
a track
a trade
a tradition
traditional
traffic
a train
to train s/one
a training
a transfer
to transfer sthg (to s/one)
a transport
to travel (s/where)
to treat s/one (to sthg)
a treatment
a treaty
a tree
a trend
a trial
a trip
a troop
a trouble
true
a trust
a truth
to try (sthg)
a turn
to turn (sthg)
twice
a type
typical
unable
under
to understand (s/one or sthg)
an understanding
to undertake sthg
unemployment
unfortunately
a union
a unit
united
a university
unless
unlikely
until
up
upon
upper
urban
us
a use
to use sthg (for sthg)
used
useful
a user
usual
usually
a value
a variation
a variety
various
to vary
vast
a vehicle
a version
very
very
via
a victim
a victory
a video
a view
a village
violence
a vision
a visit
to visit s/one
to visit s/where
a visitor
vital
a voice
a volume
a vote
to vote (for s/one or sthg)
a wage
to wait (for s/one)
a walk
to walk (to s/where)
a wall
to want sthg or s/one
a war
warm
to warn s/one (about sthg)
to wash (s/one or sthg)
to watch (s/one or sthg)
a water
a wave
a way
we
weak
a weapon
to wear sthg
a weather
a week
a weekend
a weight
to welcome s/one (to s/where)
a welfare
well
a west
western
what
whatever
when
where
whereas
whether
which
while
a while
whilst
white
who
whole
a whole
whom
whose
why
wide
widely
a wife
wild
will do / be / ...
a will
to win sthg
a wind
a window
a wine
a wing
a winner
a winter
to wish for sthg
with
to withdraw from sthg
within
without
a woman
to wonder about s/one or sthg
wonderful
wood
a word
work
to work
a worker
working
a works
a world
to worry about sthg or s/one
worth
would be / do /....
to write (sthg (to s/one))
a writer
a writing
wrong
a yard
yeah
a year
yes
yesterday
yet
you
young
your
yourself
youth
a youth

This list was taken from the BNC Lemma list (freely downloadable)