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100 Most Common English Words Quiz

Guess the most common words in the English Language, according to Oxford Online.
  • For the purposes of this quiz, conjugations count as the same word
  • For example, swam, swum and swimming would all count as "swim"
  • Quiz by Quizmaster - Nov 08, 2014
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(44)
How did "Schadenfreude" not make the list?
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Dec 25, 2012
(45)
thinking the same thing...
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Feb 17, 2013
(33)
3 syllables. I took a class in Business Communications once where they counted the 3 syllable words in a sample of our writing. It tells them the grade level you are speaking to--which for me was 19th because that's how far I went in school. But it unnerves people who may not be as educated. (One secretary thought I used big words so that she wouldn't understand what she was typing. *head hits desk*) People out in the world have serious problems with 3 or more syllables--at least in the U.S. That's why they dumbed everything down. People don't tell you they can't understand, they just say they are "bored" or they wander away...a problem if you need them to read something or to listen.
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Feb 16, 2015
(41)
Very fun
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Jan 15, 2013
(69)
I Got Some But I Know Most Of These.
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Jan 20, 2013
(41)
Thank you!
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Jun 25, 2016
(16)
Why is "Is" accepted for "Be"?
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Feb 6, 2013
(16)
It's because 'is' is a form of the verb 'be'. Looks like the quiz maker just put all forms of 'be' under one word. Probably why 'are', 'were', and 'was' aren't on the list either.
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Feb 16, 2013
(53)
Neat, but if I may offer a suggestion: The most common nouns, verbs, and adjectives without pronouns or prepositions would be a great quiz. I have no doubt the words listed are the most common, but this kind of became a "how many pronouns and prepositions can I rattle off?" game after a bit. I'd love to know what words are the most common without those two word types (plus I think it would tell us a lot about how people think!!! "Sex" and "beer" would be on there for sure...) Nonetheless, I did enjoy this. Thanks!!
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Feb 17, 2013
(69)
Your wish is granted. I just made 3 quizzes for nouns, verbs, and adjectives. Actually they were the 3 easiest quizzes I ever made... You may be disappointed to find that beer and sex are not on the nouns quiz... but you can also claim that the list was biased because that one was put together by Brigham Young University.
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Mar 10, 2013
(33)
Thanks! I had the same wish to see those words as jmellor13.
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Feb 16, 2015
(32)
Interesting that "no" is included, but not "yes".
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Feb 17, 2013
(45)
Probably because no is used to convey a lack of something, "I had no idea what I was doing." If you had an idea you wouldn't say "I had yes idea what I was doing."
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Feb 2, 2017
(17)
This is an awesome quiz! Great job!
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Mar 9, 2013
(15)
great one
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Mar 18, 2013
(10)
who else pretty much just typed the whole comments section?
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May 21, 2013
(28)
me
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Jan 3, 2017
(24)
...And now I kinda feel like an idiot.
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Jun 27, 2013
(13)
It was a challenge, but I'm proud to say that I did get them all - with very little time to spare.. but still got them all! Wooop!
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Jul 9, 2013
(20)
Good quiz... But then you feel stupid when you see the ones that you missed! Managed to get 65/100. It would probably help if they were in alphabetical order...
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Jul 18, 2013
(29)
Listening to people talk helps immensely while talking this quiz.
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Sep 16, 2013
(41)
Wow, tough quiz. Looking at the answers they all make sense, but coming up with them on the spot is another story. Good quiz.
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Oct 22, 2013
(41)
If I had 15 minutes I could answer all of them easily.
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Nov 3, 2013
(3)
this is hard
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Nov 4, 2013
(69)
I turned my EFL students on to this quiz the other day and they loved it.
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Dec 18, 2013
(58)
Those English as a Fourteenth Language students are a barrel of fun :).
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Jan 12, 2017
(12)
Addicting...
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Jan 1, 2014
(12)
If I could only think first it would work out for me better because then you can see my score more.
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Jan 1, 2014
(25)
I can't believe WHY isn't on there
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Jan 12, 2014
(57)
Me too. With all the questions people ask, you would think "why" would be on there.
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May 17, 2015
(55)
It would sure be nice to if the words guessed were displayed alphabetically so that we could quickly find the ones already guessed if we want to see which ones we have already guessed (for sure) ... I realize that the Quiz-maker here wanted to list the words in order of most commonly used words in the English language .... But, couldn't these cardinal numberings be listed in parentheses after all the words? And that way the answers could all be filled into an alphabetical chart. Please consider this evolution! Thanks very much!
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Mar 12, 2014
(10)
Yep I sang songs and picked out the common words
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Apr 14, 2014
(18)
I did what LewisTheFatCat did and it worked like a charm
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Apr 17, 2014
(14)
Everyone comments about how well they did the first time, yet never come back to elaborate about improvement. I went from 60ish first go, struggled into 70s and 80s next few turns, got 100 on the 9th go, and now do 100% after the 12th turn with 4:30 remaining. The trick then is to come back the next day and retest. Shame this site couldn't have more statistical data, but I guess it's free so I can't really complain about that.
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Apr 27, 2014
(7)
got 56!!should've gotten more. :(
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Apr 29, 2014
(29)
It'd be much easier if English was my mother tongue - sadly I'm Polish
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Apr 29, 2014
(8)
I guessed 51 and English is not my mother tongue.
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May 14, 2014
(50)
68, beat 93.1%... pretty good!
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Jun 25, 2014
(38)
What is the reference source for this quiz? How do we know these are dfinitvely the 100 most common English words? American or British English? Always cite your source.
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Jul 10, 2014
(43)
On account of you just used quite a number of them in your comment, as did I, I'd say a source isn't exactly required.
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Aug 20, 2014
(44)
All those adverbs! Could never regurgitate them on the fly.
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Jul 30, 2014
(28)
Can't believe I could'nt come up with "And"
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Oct 12, 2014
(17)
Am I the only one who read everything on the page for words to use? xD
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Oct 18, 2014
(21)
no
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Feb 25, 2017
(20)
55/100 :) :P
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Oct 28, 2014
(7)
it was fun
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Nov 7, 2014
(23)
The answers are all on wikipedia in order
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Nov 10, 2014
(20)
That's what I did but didn't thai k of it in time...65/100 though!
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Nov 18, 2014
(61)
What is the point of doing a quiz if you have to cheat?....... am I missing something?
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Nov 30, 2014
(42)
there's no YES on the list? weird
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Nov 30, 2014
(15)
I got a better score in the Most Common French Words quiz.... and I'm English! Can't believe 'sorry', 'please' and 'I'll put the kettle on' aren't on this list. :-(
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Dec 23, 2014
(43)
Exactly 50%. This is a hard one. I like it.
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Dec 28, 2014
(22)
100/100 3:07 left, no cheating, it's just I have my own quizzes like this.
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Jan 8, 2015
(61)
When I typed "is" it gave me "be".
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Feb 16, 2015
(71)
Dang crazy English language...am, is, are, was, were....all from the verb "to be."
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Feb 16, 2015
(14)
I answered yes and it didn't accept it. Please add yes.
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Feb 16, 2015
(34)
listening to music while doing this quiz helps.
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Feb 16, 2015
(29)
Most of these words are prepositions. If you did the preposition song in school, reciting it would get about 50%
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Feb 16, 2015
(22)
Only scored 63, but at least I got use. How did only 7% get use?
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Feb 19, 2015
(22)
One time though, I got 100% with, I can't remember, but I think it was a little over 3:00 left.
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Feb 19, 2015
(21)
I wonder how come 'no' is on the list but'yes' is not. Strange
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Feb 20, 2015
(39)
"No" has more uses, such as "I have no beans no matter what" or "No roads lead to Kiribati"
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Feb 9, 2016
(18)
finally I got it all with 1.53 mts to spare
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Feb 21, 2015
(24)
all 100 with 47s left
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Apr 7, 2015
(28)
Just wondering if Cininoregon knows the meaning of the word condescension. Probably not.
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Jul 16, 2015
(41)
can and could should count as the same word?
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Jul 19, 2015
(21)
hah, took me a while to get 'a' and 'an'.
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Jul 28, 2015
(66)
I've taken this quiz several times and have got all of the words at least once, but never at the same time.
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Sep 22, 2015
(56)
Some inconsistency, when you say that "Swim,swam and swum" would count as the same word, and then "can" and "could" count as two separate, as with "this" and "these" one being the plural of the other.
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Oct 12, 2015
(61)
Did anyone else get a large portion of them by reciting the opening paragraph of "Harry Potter" to themselves? lol...
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Oct 14, 2015
(68)
I recited one of the Shakespeare speeches I know by heart. Got me quite a lot actually. "Lest" and "thy", sadly, no longer appear too much in the lexicon, though.
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Dec 6, 2015
(38)
Took me about 40 attempts but finally nailed 100 from memory alone. Whoo!
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Oct 18, 2015
(2)
got 100 yes
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Nov 19, 2015
(57)
You gave 14 answers away in the instructions and title. SAT replacement vocabulary may benefit you!
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Nov 28, 2015
(29)
I missed 19.
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Dec 1, 2015
(11)
I got 88
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Dec 3, 2015
(16)
I got 46/100. The advertisements helped me get a better score!
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Dec 11, 2015
(8)
52/100. I'm brazilian though, English native speakers should 100/100
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Jan 30, 2016
(10)
I got a 57!!!! Not bad, but I could have done better! What I did was I spoke to myself and used some of the words that I said!! Lol! Nice quiz!
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Feb 12, 2016
(58)
I was about to click "give up", but then I realized that "give" and "up" were probably both answers. Also I got at least 10 answers from the quiz description.
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Mar 17, 2016
(12)
51 Not too bad i guess
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Mar 17, 2016
(27)
only 97 percent know a now thats disappoinrting
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Mar 29, 2016
(34)
Sad to see that "love" was not in the top 100.
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Apr 24, 2016
(18)
I got 50... not awful.... but still - I use all of these words at least once a day! :0 I have no idea how I forgot so many of these... especially 'And'. :/
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Apr 28, 2016
(49)
isn't 'could' a form of 'can'?
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Jul 3, 2016
(32)
I wonder why 'no' is in this list and 'yes' isn't...
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Aug 4, 2016
(55)
34. Where's the nearest cliff :-(
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Sep 6, 2016
(11)
I think there should be a little more time for this one.
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Sep 9, 2016
(43)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Most_common_words_in_English
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Sep 14, 2016
(45)
i just started to put in the lyrics from the fresh prince and got many of them :D
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Sep 19, 2016
(21)
red why
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Oct 1, 2016
(14)
Just read the nearest thing to you, like I did, then you will get some words.
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Oct 11, 2016
(2)
i got 100/100 yay
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Nov 8, 2016
(13)
why is why not on this quiz? I say it probably 300 times a day
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Dec 7, 2016
(29)
For some interesting facts about this list visit vsauce on YouTube and watch his video on the Zipf mystery.
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Dec 19, 2016
(43)
I was honestly just about to say the same thing. Looks like you beat me to it by a few months. ;) Though, just to add some flair, here's the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCn8zs912OE
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Mar 10, 2017
(27)
I spent the first half of the quiz getting about twenty and then realized I was listening to music... *Facepalm
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Feb 6, 2017
(33)
Um?
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Feb 17, 2017
(32)
Nowadays, you know what should have made this list? Trump. I swear that's all people talk about.
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Feb 21, 2017
(28)
Cheating in this quiz just means scrolling down to the comments and typing the shortest words you see
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Feb 24, 2017
(39)
got 69
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Mar 3, 2017
(48)
I feel like an idiot when the time runs out.
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Mar 3, 2017
(7)
My hands urt
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Mar 10, 2017
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