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a selection of word lists sorted by frequency

All word lists were generated from a huge multi-billion sample of language called a corpus which ensures all topics and text types are covered and the word list reflects how words are used by real users. The word lists include the most frequently used words, most frequently used nouns, verbs, adjectives and prepositions and some additional word lists.

How are different forms of the same word counted?

All wordlists are lemmatized (=different forms of the same words are counted together, i.e. goes, went, gone, going and go are counted together and listed as go). This is generally more practical. However, sometimes non-lemmatized word lists listing each word form separately are needed. Sketch Engine can generate both types of word lists.

list of English words
words

A lemmatized word list of 500 most frequent words in English.

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nouns

A lemmatized word list of 200 most frequent nouns in English.

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adjectives

A lemmatized word list of 100 most frequent adjectives in English.

verbs

A lemmatized word list of 100 most frequent verbs in English.

words starting gn-

This is our fun list for English – a list of the most frequent words starting with gn-

I want longer word lists!

Longer English word lists can be generated with Sketch Engine. There is no limit for word lists generated from user corpora, however, there is a limit of 1,000 items for word lists generated from preloaded corpora. The user can produce any number of word lists. Advanced filtering criteria using regex can be applied so that the word list contains exactly what the user needs. Register for a free trial account with Sketch Engine to generate longer word lists in English.

A list of all words in English

Unlimited word lists from preloaded corpora, e.g. a list of all words in English, can be generated from our multi-billion word English corpus. To remove the limitation of 1,000 items per word list, please refer to the user guide.