Words You Should Master


This is a guest post by Cheryl Posey.  She is a licensed and nationally certified speech pathologist that focuses on Accent Reduction and Communication Skills Training.  You can find and follow her on her Speaking Your Best

The Most Commonly Used Words in English
Many people I work with ask me if there are any specific words they should learn that would help them with their English.
According to Edward Bernard Fry, Ph.D, Jacqueline E. Kress, Ed.D & Dona Lee Fountoukidis, Ed.D. in their book, The Reading Teachers Book of Lists, Third Edition, there are 300 words that make up about 65% of written material in the English language.  
For this article, we will be taking a look at the first 100 words from the total list.  These are words that I would highly recommend that you master in your daily speech, as they will significantly affect your spoken English!
The following words have been divided up into sections to show you how they rank and the percentage of printed material they represent in the English language. 
The First 100 words
The following 25 words make up about one-third of all printed material in English. 
The First 25 words
1. the
6. in 11. he 16. as 21. at
2. of 7. is 12. was 17. with 22. be
3. and 8. you 13. for 18. his 23. this
4. a 9. that 14. on 19. they 24. have
5. to 10. it 15. are 20. I 25. from
The Next 75 words
The next 75 words complete the first 100 words in our list and represent one-third of the most frequently written material of English.
41. there 56. many 71. two 86. call
27. one 42. use 57. them 72. more 87. who
28. had 43. an 58. then 73. write 88. oil
29. buy 44. each 59. these 74. go 89. its
30. word 45. which 60. so 75. see 90. now
31. but 46. she 61. some 76. number 91. find
32. not 47. do 62. her 77. no 92. long
33. what 48. how 63. would 78. way 93. down
34. all 49. their 64. make 79. could 94. day
35. were 50. if 65. like 80. people 95. did
36. we 51. will 66. him 81. my 96. get
37. when 52. up 67. into 82. than 97. come
38. your 53. other 68. time 83. first 98. made
39. can 54. about 69. has 84. water 99. pay
40. said 55. out 70. look 85. been 100. part

Question: Are there words that you find more difficult?

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