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Most Common English Verbs

Name the 60 most common verbs (unconjugated!) in the English language, based on the Corpus of Contemporary American English.
  • Modal verbs such as would, could, or shall are not included
  • Conjugations such as swim, swam, and swum are grouped together
  • Quiz by kalbahamut - Nov 28, 2017
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level 73
Mar 28, 2014
+6
level 79
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 73
Apr 4, 2014
:)
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level 73
Apr 6, 2014
btw QM, I like the thumbnail you picked out. Clever.
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level 68
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 44
Apr 9, 2014
I can't believe 'can' is not in there...
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level 52
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 58
Jun 23, 2014
still verb, "must" also
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level 73
Jul 6, 2014
Interesting quiz. Thanks.
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level 30
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 21
Dec 18, 2014
I didn't even think "seem" was a verb until I took the quiz...
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level 73
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 59
Nov 27, 2017
be is the verb
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level 73
Nov 28, 2017
Okay. "That seems odd." This is a correct sentence. Find the verb.
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level 45
May 23, 2015
No 'love' :(
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level 57
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 52
Sep 12, 2016
Funny that "take" is much higher than "give."
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level 57
Jan 9, 2017
How long will that take? Take a walk? Take my hand?
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level 78
Nov 12, 2017
And "work" comes waaaay before "play".
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level 57
Jan 9, 2017
Enjoyable quiz. Got 14, but should have got more...
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level 70
Nov 21, 2017
Surprised "lie", "cheat" and "steal" weren't listed. Then I realized this was for verbs that are spoken, not actually done.
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level 69
Nov 26, 2017
where are "google" and "tweet". The source is called "contemporary" english!
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level 57
Nov 27, 2017
Why is "must" included? It's a modal verb
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level 73
Nov 27, 2017
Not sure. QM updated this using a different source I think. I haven't had time to look closely at it.
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level ∞
Nov 27, 2017
My mistake. Now fixed
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level 57
Nov 27, 2017
Pay. Used more than love, eat, sleep. Says it all, really... :(
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level 65
Nov 27, 2017
No Pay..... No Eat....... No Eat, No love.......... No Love, no sleep.
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level 72
Nov 27, 2017
"Must" must be removed.
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level ∞
Nov 27, 2017
Fixed
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level 59
Nov 27, 2017
Must and seem are not verbs
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level 55
Nov 27, 2017
Seem is; must isn't 'That seems fine to me' 'Not as good as they seem'
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level 63
Nov 27, 2017
What about Palestine?
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level ∞
Dec 14, 2017
The UN voted to kick Taiwan out of the dictionary and grant Palestine observer status ... However, these votes don't reflect the actual situation on the ground.
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level 79
Jun 25, 2018
We can only hope more people will be granted observer status in the dictionary.
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level 28
Dec 6, 2017
Wow, I missed so many that were quite obvious! At least I got 36 of them.
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level 43
Jul 6, 2018
After writing about a dozen words down, I started to tune in to the dialogue in "Better Call Saul," which was playing in the other room, and got interested in listening for common verbs. I forgot to think of my own words and just wrote down common verbs that came up in the dialogue -- and ended up with 33, just from a few minutes of dialogue! I guess that was a pretty strong demonstration of how common these words really are :-)
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