Top 10 Commonly Used English Words

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I examined Oxford English Dictionary’s list of top 30 words commonly used in the English language. I then put their statistics and findings to the test. I randomly chose 2 monologues and 2 newspaper articles with excerpts of 100 words each. I looked at how frequently each article used the top 30 words identified by Oxford English Dictionary. Here is my list of Top 10 Commonly Used English Words.


1. And:

Almost all sentences have ‘and’. Sometimes the word is overused, making sentences large and run-on. If you want to combine two or more nouns, ‘and’ is the word to used. If you would like to add two or more interrelated ideas, you need to use this word as well. It sometimes is silenced with a comma and semi-colon, but still is essential in the sentence.


2. The:

You need this preposition in just about every sentence. You cannot use the word ‘the’ without a noun. ‘The’ is also used and replaced with this, these, that and those to stipulate a reflection. It is thus not surprising that it is one of the most commonly used word


3. Of:

This very commonly used word as well. It is commonly used to express emotion and sometimes possessions. For example: I would like to have a piece of the piece.


4. It:

This is quite commonly used word as well to describe a thing or an object. Many sentences in the monologue used the word subsequently after mentioning the object once.


5. To:

Anytime you would like to do something or say something in future and conditional tenses, you need this word. All verbs that are used in these tenses will have to in the front. For example, I would like to go to the movies. How many of us have used the root of this sentence before? Just about everybody.


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