Top 50 Adjectives in English

Most Common Adjectives in English

The most common adjectives in English (listed in order of their frequency of use) are as follows:
  • good, big, small, bad, hot, cold, happy, beautiful, open, near, closed, new, old, clean, strong, young, expensive, early, fast, dark, delicious, soft, dirty, empty, far, sad, free, full, funny, hard, heavy, hungry, interesting, kind, late, loud, light, quiet, ready, slow, smart, tall, thirsty, ugly, weak, bright, short, serious, stupid, honest
Of course, word frequency varies greatly depending on context and region. However, I assess these to be the 50 most common, and also the 50 most useful, adjectives for English learners to master.

This list has been created to help you prioritize the order for learning or teaching adjectives. Here are some lists to help you with prioritizing the other parts of speech: There are eight learning methods for you to work through, including five different games and three different types of flashcard. At the end, there are three example sentences for each word.
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Vocabulary Games to Learn the Top 50 Adjectives

The games and flashcards are currently set to test the following [wait...] words:

Table of Contents

  • Match-the-Pairs Game
  • Memory Game
  • Basic Flash Cards
  • Spell-the-Word Game
  • Learn with Hangman!
  • "Sentence" Flash Cards
  • "Missing Word" Flash Cards
  • Example Sentences
  • Multi-Choice Test

Match-the-Pairs Game

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  • Your mission is to match each picture with the correct word in as few a clicks as possible.
  • There are three pictures in each set, and there are sets to complete.
  • Click on your first square to start. Good luck!
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  • Your mission is to pair pictures with their correct titles in as few a clicks as possible.
  • Click on a card to turn it. Next, try to find its partner by clicking on a second card. (If you fail to find a match with your second click, both cards will turn again.)
  • This is a memory game as well as a vocabulary-learning game.
  • Click on your first card to start. Good luck!
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Basic Flash Cards

Spell-the-Word Game

Spell the word represented by the picture.

Learn with Hangman!

Hangman is a classic word game. In this version, the hidden word is one of the words from the "accessories" category. Choose your first letter to start.
  • Guess the hidden word by choosing one letter at a time.
  • If you guess a letter in the hidden word, then all is good.
  • If you guess a letter that is not in the hidden word, then the hangman starts to build the gallows.
  • If the gallows are completed, you lose.
  • Good luck!
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"Sentence" Flash Cards

Click on the box to see the word in a sentence.

"Missing Word" Flash Cards

Click on the box to see the missing word in a sentence.

Example Sentences

Here are 3 sentences for each of the following words from the "accessories" category:
good

good

  • John is a good chess player.
  • Mark did a good job.
  • Are you a good dog?
big

big

  • That is a big cake.
  • He has a big bag.
  • Sarah ate a big apple.
small

small

  • I have a small cat.
  • He bought a small house.
  • John has small hands.
bad

bad

  • I have bad news.
  • Are you a bad person?
  • This apple is bad.
hot

hot

  • The plates are hot.
  • You need a hot soup.
  • Do you want a hot drink?
cold

cold

  • She drank cold water.
  • Ice is cold.
  • Jack's hands are cold.
happy

happy

  • I have three happy children.
  • Tony looks happy.
  • She is happy today.
beautiful

beautiful

  • The flowers are beautiful.
  • He saw a beautiful bird.
  • You have beautiful eyes.
open

open

  • The shop is open.
  • Is the door open?
  • Is there an open bottle?
near

near

  • Is the park near?
  • The airport is near.
  • I like the near car.
  • (The word "near" is more commonly used as a preposition. "I live near the airport.)
quiet

quiet

  • All the shops are closed.
  • The cups are in the closed cupboard.
  • Her eyes are closed.
new

new

  • Anne is my new friend.
  • Tony bought a new bike.
  • Are your shoes new?
old

old

  • Are these paintings old?
  • Alan drives an old car.
  • I loves old songs.
clean

clean

  • I have clean hands.
  • Jackie needs clean clothes.
  • Is your bedroom clean?
strong

strong

  • Ned is a strong horse.
  • The wind is strong.
  • Simon is strong.
young

young

  • Your father is young.
  • Anne looks young.
  • I have a young daughter.
expensive

expensive

  • That was an expensive meal.
  • Paul has an expensive watch.
  • She bought expensive shoes.
early

early

  • I like the early morning.
  • It is early.
  • I need to catch the early train.
fast

fast

  • Jack has a fast car.
  • That was a fast race.
  • Your dog is fast.
  • (The word "fast" is also used as an adverb. "I ran fast.")
dark

dark

  • It is a dark night.
  • I live in a dark room.
  • She wore dark clothes.
delicious

delicious

  • This food is delicious.
  • Alan cooks delicious meals.
  • She bought me a delicious cake.
soft

soft

  • I need a soft pillow.
  • Your hands are soft.
  • We have soft beds.
dirty

dirty

  • Your shoes are dirty.
  • She cleaned a dirty floor.
  • Why are you so dirty?
empty

empty

  • I need an an empty box.
  • The cupboards are empty.
  • Do you have any empty bottles?
far

far

  • Is the town far?
  • I come from a far land.
  • The aliens are from a far planet.
sad

sad

  • Jane is sad.
  • She listens to sad songs.
  • Do you feel sad today?
free

free

  • Are these books free?
  • Do you have any free tickets?
  • There are free apples at the market.
full

full

  • The box is full.
  • You have a full plate.
  • Do not eat with your mouth full.
funny

funny

  • Peter is a funny person.
  • He is funny.
  • Your dog has a funny face.
hard

hard

  • These cakes are hard.
  • It is a hard material.
  • I have a hard question.
heavy

heavy

  • The box is heavy.
  • Paul carried two heavy bags.
  • I need a heavy stone.
hungry

hungry

  • I am hungry.
  • Buttons is a hungry cat.
  • Are you hungry?
interesting

interesting

  • Your book looks interesting.
  • Your father is interesting.
  • Do you want to know an interesting fact?
kind

kind

  • You are kind.
  • Jack is a kind person.
  • That was a kind act.
late

late

  • The bus is late.
  • Is the train late?
  • Do not be late!
  • (The word "late" is also used as an adverb. "I arrived late.")
loud

loud

  • My dog does not like loud noises.
  • Peter is a loud person.
  • We heard a loud bang.
light

light

  • The box is light.
  • Your shoes are light.
  • She has a light touch.
quiet

quiet

  • He is quiet.
  • I like quiet places.
  • Peter is a quiet boy.
ready

ready

  • I am ready.
  • He is always ready.
  • Are you ready?
slow

slow

  • You are a slow walker.
  • This is a slow train.
  • Snails are slow.
smart

smart

  • Jack is smart.
  • You are a smart person.
  • That is a smart solution.
tall

tall

  • These are tall trees.
  • Sarah is tall.
  • How tall are you?
thirsty

thirsty

  • I am thirsty.
  • Are you thirsty?
  • Peter needs a drink. He is thirsty.
ugly

ugly

  • Your dog is ugly.
  • Do you think he is ugly?
  • No one is ugly.
weak

weak

  • I feel weak.
  • The branch is weak.
  • She is old and weak.
bright

bright

  • He likes bright clothes.
  • This room is bright.
  • The sky is bright today.
short

short

  • I like short hair.
  • David took a short walk.
  • She read a short story.
serious

serious

  • I am serious.
  • Peter had a serious look on his face.
  • Are you serious?
stupid

stupid

  • Do not be stupid.
  • I felt stupid.
  • Alison said something stupid.
honest

honest

  • He is an honest person.
  • He is always honest.
  • Paula gave her honest opinion.
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This page was written by Craig Shrives.