The 1200 Most Frequently Used Words

The 1200 Most Frequently Used Words in the English Language

This list is from Rebecca Sitton’s “Spelling Sourcebook,” pages 77-82. It is a “cross-referenced compilation” of several massive word studies, including the American Heritage Word Frequency Study (Carroll, Davies, Richman), and several other studies, including the work of Gates, Horn, Rinsland, Greene and Loomer, Harris and Jacobsen.

  1. the

  2. of

  3. and

  4. a

  5. to

  6. in

  7. is

  8. you

  9. that

  10. it

  11. he

  12. for

  13. was

  14. on

  15. are

  16. as

  17. with

  18. his

  19. they

  20. at

  21. be

  22. this

  23. from

  24. I

  25. have

  26. or

  27. by

  28. one

  29. had

  30. not

  31. but

  32. what

  33. all

  34. were

  35. when

  36. we

  37. there

  38. can

  39. an

  40. your

  41. which

  42. their

  43. said

  44. if

  45. do

  46. will

  47. each

  48. about

  49. how

  50. up

  51. out

  52. them

  53. then

  54. she

  55. many

  56. some

  57. so

  58. these

  59. would

  60. other

  61. into

  62. has

  63. more

  64. her

  65. two

  66. like

  67. him

  68. see

  69. time

  70. could

  71. no

  72. make

  73. than

  74. first

  75. been

  76. its

  77. who

  78. now

  79. people

  80. my

  81. made

  82. over

  83. did

  84. down

  85. only

  86. way

  87. find

  88. use

  89. may

  90. water

  91. long

  92. little

  93. very

  94. after

  95. words

  96. called

  97. just

  98. where

  99. most

  100. know

  101. get

  102. through

  103. back

  104. much

  105. go

  106. good

  107. new

  108. write

  109. our

  110. me

  111. man

  112. too

  113. any

  114. day

  115. same

  116. right

  117. look

  118. think

  119. also

  120. around

  121. another

  122. came

  123. come

  124. work

  125. three

  126. must

  127. because

  128. does

  129. heart

  130. even

  131. place

  132. well

  133. such

  134. here

  135. take

  136. why

  137. help

  138. put

  139. different

  140. away

  141. again

  142. off

  143. went

  144. old

  145. number

  146. great

  147. tell

  148. men

  149. say

  150. small

  151. every

  152. found

  153. still

  154. between

  155. name

  156. should

  157. home

  158. big

  159. give

  160. air

  161. line

  162. set

  163. own

  164. under

  165. read

  166. last

  167. never

  168. us

  169. left

  170. end

  171. along

  172. while

  173. might

  174. next

  175. sound

  176. below

  177. saw

  178. something

  179. thought

  180. both

  181. few

  182. those

  183. always

  184. show

  185. large

  186. often

  187. together

  188. asked

  189. house

  190. don’t

  191. world

  192. going

  193. want

  194. school

  195. important

  196. until

  197. form

  198. food

  199. keep

  200. children

  201. feet

  202. land

  203. side

  204. without

  205. boy

  206. once

  207. animal

  208. life

  209. enough

  210. took

  211. for

  212. head

  213. above

  214. kind

  215. began

  216. almost

  217. live

  218. page

  219. got

  220. earth

  221. need

  222. far

  223. hand

  224. high

  225. year

  226. mother

  227. light

  228. country

  229. father

  230. let

  231. night

  232. picture

  233. being

  234. study

  235. second

  236. soon

  237. story

  238. since

  239. white

  240. ever

  241. paper

  242. hard

  243. near

  244. sentence

  245. better

  246. best

  247. across

  248. during

  249. today

  250. however

  251. sure

  252. knew

  253. it’s

  254. try

  255. told

  256. young

  257. sun

  258. thing

  259. whole

  260. hear

  261. example

  262. heard

  263. several

  264. change

  265. answer

  266. room

  267. sea

  268. against

  269. top

  270. turned

  271. learn

  272. point

  273. city

  274. play

  275. toward

  276. five

  277. himself

  278. usually

  279. money

  280. seen

  281. didn’t

  282. car

  283. morning

  284. I’m

  285. body

  286. upon

  287. family

  288. later

  289. turn

  290. move

  291. face

  292. door

  293. cut

  294. dome

  295. group

  296. true

  297. half

  298. red

  299. fish

  300. plants

  301. living

  302. black

  303. eat

  304. short

  305. United States

  306. run

  307. book

  308. gave

  309. order

  310. open

  311. ground

  312. cold

  313. really

  314. table

  315. remember

  316. tree

  317. course

  318. front

  319. American

  320. space

  321. inside

  322. ago

  323. sad

  324. early

  325. I’ll

  326. learned

  327. brought

  328. close

  329. nothing

  330. though

  331. idea

  332. before

  333. lived

  334. became

  335. add

  336. become

  337. grow

  338. draw

  339. yet

  340. less

  341. wind

  342. behind

  343. cannot

  344. letter

  345. among

  346. able

  347. dog

  348. shown

  349. mean

  350. English

  351. rest

  352. perhaps

  353. certain

  354. six

  355. feel

  356. fire

  357. ready

  358. green

  359. yes

  360. built

  361. special

  362. ran

  363. full

  364. town

  365. complete

  366. oh

  367. person

  368. hot

  369. anything

  370. hold

  371. state

  372. list

  373. stood

  374. hundred

  375. ten

  376. fast

  377. felt

  378. kept

  379. notice

  380. can’t

  381. strong

  382. voice

  383. probably

  384. area

  385. horse

  386. matter

  387. stand

  388. box

  389. start

  390. that’s

  391. class

  392. piece

  393. surface

  394. river

  395. common

  396. stop

  397. am

  398. talk

  399. whether

  400. fine

  401. round

  402. dark

  403. past

  404. ball

  405. girl

  406. road

  407. blue

  408. instead

  409. either

  410. held

  411. already

  412. warm

  413. gone

  414. finally

  415. summer

  416. understand

  417. moon

  418. animals

  419. mind

  420. outside

  421. power

  422. problem

  423. longer

  424. winter

  425. deep

  426. heavy

  427. carefully

  428. follow

  429. beautiful

  430. everyone

  431. leave

  432. everything

  433. game

  434. system

  435. bring

  436. watch

  437. shell

  438. dry

  439. within

  440. floor

  441. ice

  442. ship

  443. themselves

  444. begin

  445. fact

  446. third

  447. quite

  448. carry

  449. distance

  450. although

  451. sat

  452. possible

  453. heart

  454. real

  455. simple

  456. snow

  457. rain

  458. suddenly

  459. easy

  460. leaves

  461. lay

  462. size

  463. wild

  464. weather

  465. miss

  466. pattern

  467. sky

  468. walked

  469. main

  470. someone

  471. center

  472. field

  473. stay

  474. itself

  475. boat

  476. question

  477. wide

  478. least

  479. tiny

  480. hour

  481. happened

  482. foot

  483. care

  484. low

  485. else

  486. gold

  487. build

  488. glass

  489. rock

  490. tall

  491. alone

  492. bottom

  493. check

  494. reading

  495. fall

  496. poor

  497. map

  498. friend

  499. language

  500. job

  501. music

  502. buy

  503. window

  504. mark

  505. heat

  506. grew

  507. listen

  508. ask

  509. single

  510. clear

  511. energy

  512. week

  513. explain

  514. lost

  515. spring

  516. travel

  517. wrote

  518. farm

  519. circle

  520. whose

  521. correct

  522. bed

  523. measure

  524. straight

  525. base

  526. mountain

  527. caught

  528. hair

  529. bird

  530. wood

  531. color

  532. war

  533. fly

  534. yourself

  535. seem

  536. thus

  537. square

  538. moment

  539. teacher

  540. happy

  541. bright

  542. sent

  543. present

  544. plan

  545. rather

  546. length

  547. speed

  548. machine

  549. information

  550. except

  551. figure

  552. you’re

  553. free

  554. fell

  555. suppose

  556. natural

  557. ocean

  558. government

  559. baby

  560. grass

  561. plane

  562. street

  563. couldn’t

  564. reason

  565. difference

  566. maybe

  567. history

  568. mouth

  569. middle

  570. step

  571. child

  572. strange

  573. wish

  574. soil

  575. human

  576. trip

  577. woman

  578. eye

  579. milk

  580. choose

  581. north

  582. seven

  583. famous

  584. late

  585. pay

  586. sleep

  587. iron

  588. trouble

  589. store

  590. beside

  591. oil

  592. modern

  593. fun

  594. catch

  595. business

  596. reach

  597. lot

  598. won’t

  599. case

  600. speak

  601. shape

  602. eight

  603. edge

  604. soft

  605. village

  606. object

  607. age

  608. minute

  609. wall

  610. meet

  611. record

  612. copy

  613. forest

  614. especially

  615. necessary

  616. he’s

  617. unit

  618. flat

  619. direction

  620. south

  621. subject

  622. skin

  623. wasn’t

  624. I’ve

  625. yellow

  626. party

  627. force

  628. test

  629. bad

  630. temperature

  631. pair

  632. ahead

  633. wrong

  634. practice

  635. sand

  636. tail

  637. wait

  638. difficult

  639. general

  640. cover

  641. material

  642. isn’t

  643. thousand

  644. sign

  645. guess

  646. forward

  647. huge

  648. ride

  649. region

  650. nor

  651. period

  652. blood

  653. rich

  654. team

  655. corner

  656. cat

  657. amount

  658. garden

  659. led

  660. note

  661. various

  662. race

  663. bit

  664. result

  665. brother

  666. addition

  667. doesn’t

  668. dead

  669. weight

  670. thin

  671. stone

  672. hit

  673. wife

  674. island

  675. we’ll

  676. opposite

  677. born

  678. sense

  679. cattle

  680. million

  681. anyone

  682. rule

  683. science

  684. afraid

  685. women

  686. produce

  687. pull

  688. son

  689. meant

  690. broken

  691. interest

  692. chance

  693. thick

  694. sight

  695. pretty

  696. train

  697. fresh

  698. drive

  699. lead

  700. break

  701. sit

  702. bought

  703. radio

  704. method

  705. king

  706. similar

  707. return

  708. corn

  709. decide

  710. position

  711. bear

  712. hope

  713. song

  714. engine

  715. board

  716. control

  717. spread

  718. evening

  719. brown

  720. clean

  721. wouldn’t

  722. section

  723. spent

  724. ring

  725. teeth

  726. quiet

  727. ancient

  728. stick

  729. afternoon

  730. silver

  731. nose

  732. century

  733. therefore

  734. level

  735. you’ll

  736. death

  737. hole

  738. coast

  739. cross

  740. sharp

  741. fight

  742. capital

  743. fill

  744. deal

  745. busy

  746. beyond

  747. send

  748. love

  749. cool

  750. cause

  751. please

  752. meat

  753. lady

  754. west

  755. glad

  756. action

  757. pass

  758. type

  759. attention

  760. gas

  761. kitchen

  762. pick

  763. scale

  764. basic

  765. happen

  766. safe

  767. grown

  768. cost

  769. wear

  770. act

  771. hat

  772. arm

  773. believe

  774. major

  775. gray

  776. wonder

  777. include

  778. describe

  779. electric

  780. sold

  781. visit

  782. sheep

  783. I’d

  784. office

  785. row

  786. contain

  787. fit

  788. equal

  789. value

  790. yard

  791. beat

  792. inch

  793. sugar

  794. key

  795. product

  796. desert

  797. bank

  798. farther

  799. won

  800. total

  801. sell

  802. wire

  803. rose

  804. cotton

  805. spoke

  806. rope

  807. fear

  808. shore

  809. throughout

  810. compare

  811. movement

  812. exercise

  813. bread

  814. process

  815. nature

  816. apart

  817. path

  818. careful

  819. narrow

  820. mental

  821. nine

  822. useful

  823. public

  824. according

  825. steel

  826. salt

  827. speech

  828. forth

  829. nation

  830. knowledge

  831. appear

  832. ate

  833. dinner

  834. hurt

  835. spend

  836. experiment

  837. touch

  838. drop

  839. chair

  840. east

  841. separate

  842. truck

  843. sing

  844. column

  845. twice

  846. particular

  847. shop

  848. unless

  849. spot

  850. neither

  851. met

  852. wheel

  853. none

  854. hill

  855. television

  856. bill

  857. solve

  858. pressure

  859. report

  860. farmer

  861. count

  862. trade

  863. chief

  864. month

  865. clothes

  866. doctor

  867. indeed

  868. dance

  869. church

  870. original

  871. enjoy

  872. string

  873. sister

  874. familiar

  875. onto

  876. imagine

  877. blow

  878. quick

  879. law

  880. lie

  881. final

  882. rise

  883. loud

  884. fair

  885. herself

  886. slow

  887. noise

  888. statement

  889. hungry

  890. join

  891. tube

  892. rode

  893. empty

  894. twenty

  895. broke

  896. nice

  897. effect

  898. paid

  899. motion

  900. myself

  901. divide

  902. supply

  903. laid

  904. dear

  905. surprise

  906. gun

  907. entire

  908. fruit

  909. crowd

  910. band

  911. wet

  912. solid

  913. northern

  914. flower

  915. star

  916. feed

  917. wooden

  918. sort

  919. develop

  920. shoulder

  921. variety

  922. season

  923. share

  924. jump

  925. regular

  926. represent

  927. market

  928. we’re

  929. flew

  930. finger

  931. expect

  932. army

  933. cabin

  934. camp

  935. danger

  936. purpose

  937. breakfast

  938. proper

  939. coat

  940. push

  941. express

  942. shot

  943. angry

  944. southern

  945. dress

  946. bag

  947. proud

  948. neck

  949. breath

  950. strength

  951. member

  952. twelve

  953. mine

  954. company

  955. current

  956. pound

  957. valley

  958. double

  959. till

  960. match

  961. average

  962. die

  963. liquid

  964. alive

  965. stream

  966. provide

  967. drink

  968. experience

  969. future

  970. tomorrow

  971. drove

  972. population

  973. finish

  974. station

  975. shook

  976. stage

  977. oxygen

  978. poem

  979. solution

  980. burn

  981. cent

  982. electricity

  983. everybody

  984. rat

  985. dust

  986. worth

  987. community

  988. captain

  989. bus

  990. protect

  991. cook

  992. raise

  993. further

  994. steam

  995. guide

  996. discover

  997. plain

  998. usual

  999. seat

  1000. accept

  1001. police

  1002. consider

  1003. dozen

  1004. baseball

  1005. rubber

  1006. symbol

  1007. support

  1008. exactly

  1009. industry

  1010. they’re

  1011. beneath

  1012. laugh

  1013. groceries

  1014. popular

  1015. thank

  1016. quarter

  1017. climbed

  1018. continue

  1019. potatoes

  1020. receive

  1021. design

  1022. president

  1023. charge

  1024. mistake

  1025. hospital

  1026. remain

  1027. service

  1028. increase

  1029. students

  1030. insects

  1031. address

  1032. sincerely

  1033. dollars

  1034. belong

  1035. bottle

  1036. flight

  1037. forget

  1038. bicycle

  1039. secret

  1040. soldier

  1041. silent

  1042. structure

  1043. height

  1044. observe

  1045. indicate

  1046. railroad

  1047. knife

  1048. married

  1049. suggested

  1050. entered

  1051. magazine

  1052. agree

  1053. fifty

  1054. escape

  1055. threw

  1056. planet

  1057. dangerous

  1058. event

  1059. leader

  1060. peace

  1061. spelling

  1062. chapter

  1063. swimming

  1064. opportunity

  1065. immediately

  1066. favorite

  1067. settled

  1068. telephone

  1069. repeat

  1070. prepare

  1071. instance

  1072. avenue

  1073. newspaper

  1074. actually

  1075. employee

  1076. review

  1077. convince

  1078. allowed

  1079. nobody

  1080. details

  1081. muscles

  1082. model

  1083. climate

  1084. coffee

  1085. whenever

  1086. serious

  1087. angle

  1088. feather

  1089. determined

  1090. dictionary

  1091. ordinary

  1092. extra

  1093. rough

  1094. library

  1095. condition

  1096. arrived

  1097. located

  1098. program

  1099. pencil

  1100. tongue

  1101. title

  1102. enemy

  1103. garage

  1104. lose

  1105. vegetable

  1106. parents

  1107. style

  1108. education

  1109. required

  1110. political

  1111. daughter

  1112. individual

  1113. progress

  1114. altogether

  1115. activities

  1116. article

  1117. equipment

  1118. discuss

  1119. healthy

  1120. perfect

  1121. recognize

  1122. frequently

  1123. character

  1124. personal

  1125. disappear

  1126. success

  1127. traffic

  1128. yesterday

  1129. situation

  1130. realize

  1131. message

  1132. recently

  1133. account

  1134. physical

  1135. neighbor

  1136. excited

  1137. whisper

  1138. available

  1139. college

  1140. furniture

  1141. leather

  1142. husband

  1143. principal

  1144. medicine

  1145. excellent

  1146. operation

  1147. council

  1148. author

  1149. organize

  1150. concern

  1151. barbecue

  1152. accident

  1153. disease

  1154. construction

  1155. motor

  1156. affect

  1157. conversation

  1158. evidence

  1159. citizen

  1160. environment

  1161. influence

  1162. cancel

  1163. audience

  1164. apartment

  1165. worse

  1166. transportation

  1167. frozen

  1168. waste

  1169. couple

  1170. function

  1171. connect

  1172. project

  1173. pronounce

  1174. offered

  1175. apply

  1176. improve

  1177. stomach

  1178. collect

  1179. prevent

  1180. courage

  1181. occur

  1182. foreign

  1183. quality

  1184. terrible

  1185. instrument

  1186. balance

  1187. ability

  1188. arrange

  1189. rhythm

  1190. avoid

  1191. daily

  1192. identity

  1193. standard

  1194. combine

  1195. attached

  1196. frighten

  1197. social

  1198. factory

  1199. license

  1200. recommend

 

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