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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"
Last updated: August 30, 2018
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Word
The
Be
To
Of
And
A
In
That
Have
I
It
For
Not
Word
On
With
He
As
You
Do
At
This
But
His
By
From
They
Word
We
Say
Her
She
Or
An
Will
My
One
All
Would
There
Their
Word
What
So
Up
Out
If
About
Who
Get
Which
Go
Me
When
Make
Word
Can
Like
Time
No
Just
Him
Know
Take
People
Into
Year
Your
Word
Good
Some
Could
Them
See
Other
Than
Then
Now
Look
Only
Come
Word
Its
Over
Think
Also
Back
After
Use
Two
How
Our
Work
First
Word
Well
Way
Even
New
Want
Because
Any
These
Give
Day
Most
Us
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level 20
Mar 20, 2011
I like this on good people. <<< hehe.
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level 20
Feb 16, 2013
Hehe, I beat my old highscore :D! I say it helps reading people's comments, you can get a lot of common words out of them.
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level 35
Jun 8, 2011
was suprised that OTHER was there, as opposed to MONTH or DAY.
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level 33
Sep 13, 2011
I got 50 and missed so many obvious ones.
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level 55
Nov 3, 2011
i only got 53, when i saw the answers i felt pretty stupid... but i think i have an excuse - i'm norwegian.
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level 59
Aug 18, 2018
Don't be so hard on yourself. It's OK to be Norwegian sometimes.
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level 16
Nov 19, 2011
higher than average, but till shoulda done wayyyy better
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level 10
Dec 19, 2011
40 words, 40 %, better than 45 % of other quiz takers i'm not from us so i'm pretty proud of myself but i know a lot of the other words too
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level 14
Dec 21, 2011
HAHAHAHA i got some of the answers from the example they gave:)
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level 54
Nov 19, 2015
I got some answers from your comment :)
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level 30
Jan 24, 2012
I got 55 by reciting the speech from Independence Day.
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level 59
Aug 18, 2018
Most people memorize Shakespeare, poetry, the Bible, philosophical quotes....and Bill Pullman?
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level 43
Mar 6, 2012
I'm interested to know how this information was collected. Very interesting. If it was in the present only I think number one would be OK and number 2 would be what.
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level 36
Feb 16, 2015
I agree about "okay." Totally expected that one to be there. But I also thought the prepositions would be excluded. "of?" "at?" "an?" Give me a break. Verbs, nouns, and pronouns, would be much more interesting. Then we'd learn what subjects we talk about most and how self-absorbed or gossipy we actually are.
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level 63
Oct 13, 2018
"Ok" is not there because it's not a word.
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level 59
Sep 21, 2015
Word counts like these often use printed sources, such as the Library of Congress, or the Gutenberg corpus, which basically include every printed thing ever written. This is a fascinating video about this topic. :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCn8zs912OE
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level 56
Mar 10, 2012
I only got 53. I noticed that it doesn't accepted "said" as a conjugation of "say", even though it should.
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level ∞
Mar 10, 2012
"Said" will work now. Thanks.
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level 13
Apr 29, 2012
I got 60, and now I feel stupid. -.-'
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level 56
May 10, 2012
This quiz needs more time. There are a lot of words to think about.
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level 13
May 18, 2012
Got them all with 29 seconds to spare. I am quite the smarty, aren't I? JK. But I still got them all:)
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level 9
May 21, 2012
67/100.. :/ sad because i knew all of them and didn't think!
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level 49
Jul 4, 2012
"Could" and "would" are conjugations of "can" and "will", respectively.
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level 20
Aug 9, 2012
Haha...got 100% with :37 seconds left...I'm a nerd. =P
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level 15
Jan 5, 2017
I got :59 seconds left
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level 10
Nov 1, 2016
should is shall's too.
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level 37
Apr 12, 2018
Agree with you - this contradicts the rules given at the top.
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level 25
Nov 5, 2012
me neither about 'year' which is prob why only 7% of ppl get it
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level 77
Nov 23, 2012
Um should be a word! Haha I was saying it a lot while trying to do this quiz :)
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level 44
Dec 25, 2012
How did "Schadenfreude" not make the list?
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level 45
Feb 17, 2013
thinking the same thing...
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level 36
Feb 16, 2015
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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level 68
Apr 6, 2017
Yeah, that's totally why Schadenfreude didn't make the list.
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level 41
Jan 15, 2013
Very fun
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level 74
Jan 20, 2013
I Got Some But I Know Most Of These.
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level 57
Feb 17, 2013
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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level 74
Mar 10, 2013
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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level 36
Feb 16, 2015
Thanks! I had the same wish to see those words as jmellor13.
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level 32
Feb 17, 2013
Interesting that "no" is included, but not "yes".
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level 52
Feb 2, 2017
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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level 17
Mar 9, 2013
This is an awesome quiz! Great job!
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level 15
Mar 18, 2013
great one
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level 24
Jun 27, 2013
...And now I kinda feel like an idiot.
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level 13
Jul 9, 2013
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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level 37
May 24, 2017
I'll add a word... Horsesh**. Like your comment
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level 20
Jul 18, 2013
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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level 29
Sep 16, 2013
Listening to people talk helps immensely while talking this quiz.
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level 60
Apr 10, 2017
Singing songs in your head helps a lot too.
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level 48
Nov 3, 2013
If I had 15 minutes I could answer all of them easily.
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level 74
Dec 18, 2013
I turned my EFL students on to this quiz the other day and they loved it.
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level 63
Jan 12, 2017
Those English as a Fourteenth Language students are a barrel of fun :).
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level 74
Apr 6, 2017
I feel silly saying this because obviously you would make sure you were totally up to speed on all the industry lingo and acronyms before making such a comment, but EFL stands for English as a Foreign Langauge. ESL isn't really used anymore, in favor of EFL and ESOL and other more accurate acronyms.
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level 55
Apr 30, 2017
I heard of EAL where I am, and I don't know what it stands for :P
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level 52
Aug 24, 2017
He obviously meant 'fortieth'. Dude.
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level 65
Jul 4, 2017
how did they do?
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level 74
Aug 6, 2018
some better than others
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level 59
Mar 12, 2014
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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level 18
Apr 17, 2014
I did what LewisTheFatCat did and it worked like a charm
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level 7
Apr 29, 2014
got 56!!should've gotten more. :(
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level 29
Apr 29, 2014
It'd be much easier if English was my mother tongue - sadly I'm Polish
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level 19
Aug 23, 2017
my dad is polish hows poland
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level 50
Jun 25, 2014
68, beat 93.1%... pretty good!
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level 35
Jul 10, 2014
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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level 43
Aug 20, 2014
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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level 44
Jul 30, 2014
All those adverbs! Could never regurgitate them on the fly.
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level 66
Sep 23, 2017
Poor little fly......
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level 17
Oct 18, 2014
Am I the only one who read everything on the page for words to use? xD
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level 33
Feb 25, 2017
no
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level 43
Oct 25, 2017
I used my TV guide and found quite a few words in there from the details for various programmes.
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level 45
Oct 25, 2017
I went through poems.
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level 44
Nov 24, 2017
I frantically searched through song lyrics in my mind, lol
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level 28
Nov 27, 2017
I was listening to music while doing the quiz, so i just used the lyrics :p
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level 20
Oct 28, 2014
55/100 :) :P
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level 14
Jan 14, 2018
56. Weeeee
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level 43
Nov 30, 2014
there's no YES on the list? weird
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level 24
Oct 12, 2017
And "ok"
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level 15
Dec 23, 2014
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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level 22
Jan 8, 2015
100/100 3:07 left, no cheating, it's just I have my own quizzes like this.
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level 58
Feb 16, 2015
When I typed "is" it gave me "be".
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level 77
Feb 16, 2015
Dang crazy English language...am, is, are, was, were....all from the verb "to be."
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level 14
Feb 16, 2015
I answered yes and it didn't accept it. Please add yes.
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level 41
Nov 13, 2017
Why would "yes" be added? This isn't something that the quiz maker just whipped up randomly, this is based off the most commonly used words. If yes isn't on this quiz, it shouldn't be.
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level 36
Feb 16, 2015
listening to music while doing this quiz helps.
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level 29
Feb 16, 2015
Most of these words are prepositions. If you did the preposition song in school, reciting it would get about 50%
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level 22
Feb 19, 2015
Only scored 63, but at least I got use. How did only 7% get use?
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level 22
Feb 19, 2015
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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level 22
Feb 20, 2015
I wonder how come 'no' is on the list but'yes' is not. Strange
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level 24
Apr 7, 2015
all 100 with 47s left
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level 40
Jul 19, 2015
can and could should count as the same word?
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level 66
Sep 23, 2017
Unfortunately for you words that are spelt differently are counted as different words, it's a cruel world I know.
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level 21
Jul 28, 2015
hah, took me a while to get 'a' and 'an'.
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level 31
Oct 6, 2017
how about 'and' because I never got it. ;-;
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level 69
Sep 22, 2015
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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level 62
Oct 14, 2015
Did anyone else get a large portion of them by reciting the opening paragraph of "Harry Potter" to themselves? lol...
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level 75
Dec 6, 2015
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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level 66
Sep 23, 2017
I recited Richard III opening........ "Now is the winter of our discontent etc.............
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level 51
Oct 18, 2015
Took me about 40 attempts but finally nailed 100 from memory alone. Whoo!
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level 57
Nov 28, 2015
You gave 14 answers away in the instructions and title. SAT replacement vocabulary may benefit you!
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level 16
Dec 11, 2015
I got 46/100. The advertisements helped me get a better score!
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level 66
Mar 17, 2016
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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level 12
Mar 17, 2016
51 Not too bad i guess
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level 34
Mar 29, 2016
only 97 percent know a now thats disappoinrting
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level 34
Apr 24, 2016
Sad to see that "love" was not in the top 100.
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level 18
Apr 28, 2016
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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level 54
Jul 3, 2016
isn't 'could' a form of 'can'?
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level 66
Sep 23, 2017
The baked beans came in a tin-could........... no that's not right!
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level 33
Aug 4, 2016
I wonder why 'no' is in this list and 'yes' isn't...
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level 65
Sep 6, 2016
34. Where's the nearest cliff :-(
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level 57
Sep 14, 2016
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Most_common_words_in_English
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level 49
Sep 19, 2016
i just started to put in the lyrics from the fresh prince and got many of them :D
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level 25
Oct 1, 2016
red why
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level 14
Oct 11, 2016
Just read the nearest thing to you, like I did, then you will get some words.
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level 29
Dec 19, 2016
For some interesting facts about this list visit vsauce on YouTube and watch his video on the Zipf mystery.
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level 47
Mar 10, 2017
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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level 39
Feb 17, 2017
Um?
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level 37
Feb 21, 2017
Nowadays, you know what should have made this list? Trump. I swear that's all people talk about.
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level 57
Apr 7, 2017
Maybe they do, but they refer to him as You-Know-Who... and those three words are already on the list.
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level 37
Feb 24, 2017
Cheating in this quiz just means scrolling down to the comments and typing the shortest words you see
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level 53
Mar 3, 2017
got 69
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level 51
Mar 3, 2017
I feel like an idiot when the time runs out.
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level 59
Apr 6, 2017
What does it say about our society that "no" is on here, but "yes" is not.
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level 56
Apr 16, 2017
It says that 'no' has a much broader grammatical function than 'yes': There is 'no' milk in the fridge 'No' dogs allowed I am 'no' fool etc.
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level 40
Sep 2, 2017
However, good is here but not bad; up is here but not down
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level 53
Apr 6, 2017
was even fun to have
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level 45
Apr 6, 2017
53/100
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level 45
Apr 6, 2017
My aim was to get at least half
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level 59
Apr 12, 2017
Love this quiz. Still trying to get 100%, but there's always a word that slips out... then, than, that...you get the drift.
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level 45
Apr 15, 2017
Just a notice: "Did" isn't accepted for "Do". Since it's the same verb but past tense it should be accepted.
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level 6
Apr 27, 2017
31
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level 41
Apr 29, 2017
73/100
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level 9
May 20, 2017
Clue: A lot of the words are from the song Hello, by adele XD
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level 2
Jun 12, 2017
wow really help full i got quite a lot
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level 34
Jun 8, 2017
44/100
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level 2
Jun 12, 2017
just read the page and look for common words
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level 2
Jun 12, 2017
nice quiz btw
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level 27
Jun 12, 2017
"To be, or not to be" is all words on this list. Funny because I always think of Shakespeare as using the most uncommon words possible...
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level 27
Jun 12, 2017
It's amusing to me that "no" made the list and "yes" did not. English is apparently a negative language. Also "over" and "think" are right next to each other, which I was totally doing :)
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level 21
Jun 26, 2017
Ok...i thought i did a horrible job, only 48/100! And i still got 3/5 points!Wow.
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level 24
Jul 20, 2017
I got 70
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level 28
Jul 20, 2017
I love that want appears and need doesn't. And take comes before think, work, and give isn't on at all.
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level 61
Jul 30, 2017
Anyone else forget "and"?
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level 25
Aug 7, 2017
100/100 with 56 sec left :/
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level 39
Aug 18, 2017
It's funny how 'no' is on there but 'yes' isn't. Also, 'over' and 'think' are next to each other.
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level 60
Aug 23, 2017
Amazing quiz and a challenging time amount. Sometimes it's nice to have a quiz with a time amount that makes it really hard to ace the first or even the second time for most people. I kept thinking of more and more words and yet I didn't get them all. How fun. Makes you realize just how many words we use every day that are not the nouns and verbs we usually focus on when it comes to vocabulary.
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level 17
Aug 29, 2017
sooo.. are we not going to discuss the fact that 3% did not even press the letter "A" ?
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level 43
Sep 6, 2017
It would be nice if it was arranged in columns like "verbs" etc.
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level 65
Sep 6, 2017
I Think the "F-word" is spoken out alot more than average of these words
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level 74
Sep 21, 2017
it depends on what they are using for the corpus. If it were taken from transcriptions of conversations in fraternities and pubs, yeah probably. If it's academic texts or magazine articles, probably not.
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level 31
Oct 6, 2017
Did anyone else just start talking to themselves and trying every word they said?
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level 37
Dec 28, 2017
I did.
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level 52
Oct 11, 2017
Now write a story using each of them only once.
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level 54
Nov 17, 2018
I had a go, it doesn't make much sense.

Be good to the people of time. And in that, have a good day. Do it not for me, but as I see you on with this. At his will, by he, they come from, say, she or we. An even one would get my out there. Her "what?" , their "so?" go up if just about him. When can who like which make? Take into your year some " no". Could them, other than two. Now then, look. Its only use: "think back over". Also, how our work want, well, first, any new way after us. Because these give most.
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level 24
Nov 12, 2017
Got 49. Happy I got the whole first column. Mad about the obvious ones I missed. I went through pronouns and forgot we and you!
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level 21
Feb 12, 2018
lol, i love how people need to cheat on these kinds of things. I got 100% with no cheating. But I will admit that it tried "why" multiple time before I gave up. "Why" should be on this.
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level 50
Feb 20, 2018
Suprised there are no cusses there :)
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level 63
Mar 2, 2018
If have no clue if the people who enjoyed this quiz would also enjoy Clueless #15.
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level 48
Mar 2, 2018
Interesting to see which words don't overlap with the Spanish one
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level 38
Apr 4, 2018
The pronoun song, “Rufus Xavier Sarsparilla” is the best song ever for figuring this out. Try it!
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level 37
Apr 12, 2018
are could and can not related ?
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level 53
May 2, 2018
It's funny that some of the words form incomplete and strange phrases: 'For not on with he'; 'Would there'; 'We say her'; 'Take people into year'; 'Because any these give day'
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level 18
May 14, 2018
Well, I got 37 when the average is 40, but I got some of the least guessed ones they had.
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level 28
May 15, 2018
This was fun. At first I felt bad about getting only 50, but felt relieved when I saw the average score. Tough quiz, but interesting!
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level 57
Jun 8, 2018
where is microwave
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level 43
Aug 7, 2018
I can't believe that it doesn't accept, "pimpmobile".
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level 21
Aug 20, 2018
No is
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level 21
Dec 7, 2018
55, apparently that beats 86% ! I thought getting about half was not that good, bbut apparently it is not bad at all