Most common words in English

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Studies that estimate and rank the most common words in English examine texts written in English.wikipedia
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The

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The is the most commonly used word in the English language, accounting for seven percent of all words.

Letter frequency

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Oxford English Corpus

Perhaps the most comprehensive such analysis is one that was conducted against the Oxford English Corpus (OEC), a very large collection of texts from around the world that are written in the English language.

Text corpus

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A text corpus is a large collection of written works that are organised in a way that makes such analysis easier.

Hansard

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The OEC includes a wide variety of writing samples, such as literary works, novels, academic journals, newspapers, magazines, Hansard's Parliamentary Debates, blogs, chat logs, and emails.

Blog

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The OEC includes a wide variety of writing samples, such as literary works, novels, academic journals, newspapers, magazines, Hansard's Parliamentary Debates, blogs, chat logs, and emails.

Chat log

The OEC includes a wide variety of writing samples, such as literary works, novels, academic journals, newspapers, magazines, Hansard's Parliamentary Debates, blogs, chat logs, and emails.

Brown Corpus

Brown University Standard Corpus of Present-Day American Englishcitation databasePOS tags
Another English corpus that has been used to study word frequency is the Brown Corpus, which was compiled by researchers at Brown University in the 1960s.

Brown University

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Another English corpus that has been used to study word frequency is the Brown Corpus, which was compiled by researchers at Brown University in the 1960s.

Robert McCrum

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According to a study cited by Robert McCrum in The Story of English, all of the first hundred of the most common words in English are of Anglo-Saxon origin, except for "people", ultimately from Latin "populus", and "because", in part from Latin "causa".

The Story of English

According to a study cited by Robert McCrum in The Story of English, all of the first hundred of the most common words in English are of Anglo-Saxon origin, except for "people", ultimately from Latin "populus", and "because", in part from Latin "causa".

Anglo-Saxons

Anglo-SaxonSaxonAnglo Saxon
According to a study cited by Robert McCrum in The Story of English, all of the first hundred of the most common words in English are of Anglo-Saxon origin, except for "people", ultimately from Latin "populus", and "because", in part from Latin "causa".

Morphology (linguistics)

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Some lists of common words distinguish between word forms, while others rank all forms of a word as a single lexeme (the form of the word as it would appear in a dictionary).

Lexeme

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Some lists of common words distinguish between word forms, while others rank all forms of a word as a single lexeme (the form of the word as it would appear in a dictionary).

Copula (linguistics)

copulato becopular
For example, the lexeme be (as in to be) comprises all its conjugations (is, was, am, are, were, etc.), and contractions of those conjugations.

Contraction (grammar)

contractioncontractionscontracted
For example, the lexeme be (as in to be) comprises all its conjugations (is, was, am, are, were, etc.), and contractions of those conjugations.

Lemma (morphology)

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Note also that these top 100 lemmas listed below account for 50% of all the words in the Oxford English Corpus.

Part of speech

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A part of speech is provided for most of the words, but part of speech categories vary between analyses, and not all possibilities are listed.

Root (linguistics)

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Also, a single spelling can represent more than one root word.

Lemmatisation

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The table also includes frequencies from other corpora, note that as well as usage differences, lemmatisation may differ from corpus to corpus - for example splitting the prepositional use of "to" from the use as a particle.

Article (grammar)

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The list labeled "Others" includes pronouns, possessives, articles, modal verbs, adverbs, and conjunctions.