The English language is full of interesting statistics and what better statistic to go for than the most commonly used words. Sure knowing them won’t necessarily teach you something new as you probably already know these words, however, it can prove to be an interesting talking point or just a cool thing to know. It can prove to be a great thing to bring up in class or just a random fact to start up a conversation with a native speaker.
Most commonly used words in the English language are conjunctions and articles
The most common words of the English language are, of course, prepositions and conjunctions such as “of”, “to”, and “in” or articles such as “the” or “a”, but besides them, there is a big list of words you definitely need to check before saying that you actually speak English.
So besides the above mentioned conjunctions and articles the most used word in the English language is “Some”. It is used to refer to a person or thing that is not known, named or specified so you can understand why you will need to use this very often.
The most used nouns in the English language are: people, will (which is also an auxiliary verb), use, work, film, water, world, information and family. You will be surprised to know that other very used nouns are: two (used as a noun, of course), map, example, government, business and health.
When it comes to verbs there’s absolutely no doubt that the most common are: is, are, be or have. Some other verbs that are highly used by the average English speaker are: will, get, see, need and should but you will be surprised to know that the following verbs are also in this list: include, to list, develop or to film.
A big vocabulary is the key to eloquent speech
The most commonly used adverbs by the average English speaker are of course: as, on, to, the and even not. But some of the most unexpected adverbs that people use every day are: strongly, moreover, briefly, forth and even crash. Adverbs are a great way to improve your vocabulary and make your speaking less stiff and with a more natural flow so make sure that you learn a handful.
The most popular adjectives in the English language you would expect in this top are: more, new, used, good, nice, etc. But what you might not expect are adjectives such as: alive, angry, dependent, desperate and exciting. Although they might seem like words one wouldn’t normally use in day to day conversations the adjectives mentioned have a very high rate of usage when expressing emotions and states of mind.
Having a big vocabulary is a very important part of learning any language not just the English language. Regardless of how well you understand grammar or how well you pronounce words in general you won’t achieve much without an ongoing quest to enhance your vocabulary.
Things like adverbs, and adjectives can really change the way you speak and understand the language, enhancing the way it sounds and helping you describe objects, places, emotions and so on with much more clarity and in a more eloquent way.