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  • Writer's pictureWaleska Latorre

Most Common Nouns: nouns you should know

Updated: Mar 17

Have you ever wondered what the most common nouns in the English language are? These are words that native speakers use all the time, and they’re essential for communication. Learning your nouns is important if you want to build a strong foundation in English.

Here are some of the most common nouns used in everyday speech, sorted by frequency:

1. time – this noun is used to talk about Seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, and years. “What time is it?” “I don’t have time for this!”

2. people – we use this noun to talk about men, women, and children. “There are too many people in this room!”

3. way – this noun can be used to talk about distance or method. “I need to find a way home.” “There’s no way I’m doing that!”

4. day – this noun refers to the 24-hour period that we experience between sunrise and sunset. “I can’t wait for the weekend!”

5. thing – this noun can be used to talk about objects, events, or ideas. “Can you turn off the light?” “That was a really weird thing to say.”

6. man – this noun is used for talking about an adult male human being. “The man in the suit is here to see you.”

7. year – this noun refers to 365 days or 12 months. “I can’t believe it’s already been a year since we moved here.”

8. world – this noun can be used to talk about the planet Earth or humanity as a whole. “The world is a beautiful place.” “There’s so much hate in the world.”

9. life – this noun refers to the time that we spend alive, from birth to death. “Life is too short to waste time on things that don’t matter.”

10. hand – this noun is used to talk about the body part that we use for writing, picking up objects, and gesturing. “Can you give me a hand with this?”

To learn your nouns I suggest writing down the most common nouns in your notebook and creating a sentence for each. This way, you can not only memorize the words but also see how they’re used in context. And don’t forget to practice using them in conversation with native speakers!

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