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Most Common English Verbs

Name the 25 most common verbs (unconjugated!) in the English language, based on the Oxford English Corpus.
  • modal verbs are not included
  • Quiz by kalbahamut - Apr 12, 2014
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level 70
Mar 11, 2013
no "like" or "put" seems odd to me
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level 44
Aug 1, 2014
Was expecting put for sure.
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level 60
Nov 18, 2015
Was expecting "like" for sure.
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level 21
Aug 31, 2016
or "love" ???
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level 55
Feb 26, 2014
Nice quiz - thanks kalbahamut. I kept expecting words such as "like", "live" and "hear" to be there, so the answers were sometimes surprising (but logical once you've seen them!).
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level 66
Mar 27, 2014
Surprising the average is 10
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level 70
Mar 30, 2014
These quizzes are all a bit tougher than one would initially think.
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level 66
Dec 27, 2015
If people don’t think they have what it takes but still want to get a decent score, I know it seems hard to get many answers, but if they try and work at it a little bit, all they need to do is start saying stuff out loud, going on and on about nothing, using any words that come into their head and they will find that they know more than they think, and more than they give themselves credit for, and ... OK, there's 21 verbs on the list right there. :)
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level 72
Nov 29, 2016
Haha, nice Shiloh. :-)
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level 21
Oct 26, 2015
The average score is 9/25.
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level 70
Mar 28, 2014
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level 76
Apr 3, 2014
I was really disappointed that sleep wasn't on this list.

Maybe it's because I'm doing this quiz to stay awake near the end of a 40-hour software rollout.
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level 70
Apr 4, 2014
:)
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level 61
Apr 6, 2014
I only got 12/25. Deceptively difficult, indeed. Good quiz!
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level 73
Apr 6, 2014
Did you reject the modal verbs ? It's odd not to see can, may or must on this list.
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level 70
Apr 6, 2014
I do believe that modals are excluded. I can't recall where I got the list from originally, I made this quiz a long time ago, but it appears to be the same as this one.
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level 45
Apr 6, 2014
Want is a modal verb.
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level 70
Apr 6, 2014
TheJS... I don't think that's accurate.
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level 49
Apr 6, 2014
Yeah, I was astonished not to see "will". "He will do it tomorrow", "I am willing to help", "Would you please pass the salt?", etc.--I'd expect it to be up in the range of "have" and "do".
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level 70
Apr 6, 2014
The chief modal verbs in English are can, could, may, might, must, shall, should, will and would. Of those, only can, could, will, and would appear on the Most Common English Words in General quiz on this site, but those four all appear before "see," putting them in the top 10 if they were included. Maybe I should add a caveat.
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level 70
Apr 6, 2014
btw QM, I like the thumbnail you picked out. Clever.
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level 66
Apr 7, 2014
The Basic Steel Agreement between the United Steelworkers and the major steelmakers had an Article 2(B), which made all sorts of past practices into contract terms. Which led to the obvious question . . . . Great quiz by the way.
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level 36
Apr 6, 2014
25/25 :) Pretty easy once you get going
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level 44
Apr 9, 2014
I can't believe 'can' is not in there...
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level 53
May 16, 2014
"Can" is a modal, or what I learned to call a "helping", verb. Usually though not always appears together with a "main" verb. "You can do it" or "She can go tomorrow." When it appears alone, it usually still implies another verb..."Yes, she can (go tomorrow)".
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level 59
Jun 23, 2014
still verb, "must" also
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level 72
Jul 6, 2014
Interesting quiz. Thanks.
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level 31
Jul 16, 2014
I actually did a lot better thinking about it in French. I can't remember ever learning verbs in English (just what a verb was) so I was like okay there's etre, avoir, aller, faire, parler, and so on. :-)
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level 46
Jul 29, 2014
I did the same
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level 44
Aug 2, 2014
Modal verbs are more like adverbs than verbs, in that they modify another verb. "I can go" means I have the ability to go. "I might go" indicates the probability of my going. "I must go" indicates the imperative nature of my going. They have no verb aspect on their own.
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level 49
Aug 8, 2014
Great Quiz! Got only 9 though :/
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level 21
Dec 18, 2014
I didn't even think "seem" was a verb until I took the quiz...
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level 70
Dec 18, 2014
Sure it is. That seems to be correct. What else would be the verb in that sentence?
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level 41
May 23, 2015
No 'love' :(
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level 12
Oct 11, 2015
16 of 25 .. hmmmm
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level 55
Jan 13, 2016
I got a lot of these by thinking of the first verbs I learned in Spanish.
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level 13
Apr 16, 2016
3 minute 8 seconds left yes
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level 59
Jun 13, 2016
And is that your first time doing this quiz?
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level 24
Aug 15, 2016
I have to say i'd call this quiz a work of use and it makes me try to feel like I know nothing about verbs. I got a 10/25. Why isn't "is" on there?
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level 70
Aug 15, 2016
"Is" is a conjugation of the verb "be." It's #1.
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level 70
Aug 15, 2016
Or, it be number 1, if you prefer. Or if you speak ebonics.
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level 53
Sep 12, 2016
Funny that "take" is much higher than "give."
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level 56
Jan 9, 2017
How long will that take? Take a walk? Take my hand?
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level 56
Jan 9, 2017
Enjoyable quiz. Got 14, but should have got more...
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