Top 50 Nouns in English

Most Common Nouns in English

The most common nouns in English (listed in order of their frequency of use) are as follows:
  • water, food, mother, father, house, car, dog, cat, money, morning, night, afternoon, brother, sister, bed, kitchen, restaurant, bird, tree, flower, animal, mobile phone, sun, moon, sea, river, weather, eyes, ears, hair, shoes, bag, train, bus, knife, fork, spoon, breakfast, dinner, bread, fruit, vegetables, meat, drink, town, village, toilet, weekend, doctor, policeman
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, nouns for English learners to master.

This list has been created to help you prioritize the order for learning or teaching nouns. Here are some lists to help you with prioritizing the other parts of speech: Here 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.
top 50 nouns in English

Vocabulary Games to Learn the Top 50 Nouns

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!
Ranking (Clicks)

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Memory Game

Pairs: getting ready...

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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!
Ranking (Clicks)

Guru ()
Hero ()
Captain ()
Sergeant ()
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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!

"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:
water

water

  • This water is cold.
  • We drink water.
  • Fish live in water.
food

food

  • We eat food.
  • This food is expensive.
  • We cook food.
mother

mother

  • My mother is kind.
  • I love my mother.
  • Her mother is young.
father

father

  • My father is tall.
  • I hugged my father.
  • His father is a doctor.
house

house

  • The house is big.
  • We live in a small house.
  • The house is near the river.
car

car

  • The car is fast.
  • I can drive a car.
  • The car has two doors.
dog

dog

  • The dog always barks.
  • We walk the dog.
  • The dog is large.
cat

cat

  • The cat always purrs.
  • I love my cat.
  • The cat is under the blanket.
money

money

  • We buy things with Money.
  • She saves her money.
  • We need money.
morning

morning

  • It is a bright morning.
  • I eat breakfast in the morning.
  • The sun rises in the morning.
night

night

  • This is a dark night.
  • We sleep at night.
  • The moon shines at night.
afternoon

afternoon

  • It will rain in the afternoon.
  • The game is in the afternoon.
  • We eat lunch in the afternoon.
brother

brother

  • My brother is funny.
  • I play with my brother.
  • Her brother plays the guitar.
sister

sister

  • My sister is beautiful.
  • I must help my sister.
  • Her sister is a good singer.
bed

bed

  • The bed is soft and large.
  • I sleep in my bed.
  • My bed is wide.
kitchen

kitchen

  • His kitchen is always clean.
  • We cook in the kitchen.
  • I must paint the kitchen.
restaurant

restaurant

  • The restaurant is always busy.
  • We never eat at that restaurant.
  • The restaurant has great food.
bird

bird

  • The bird always sings loudly.
  • The bird flew away from the cat.
  • There is a bird on the table.
tree

tree

  • That tree is old and tall.
  • We are not allowed to climb the tree.
  • The tree has large leaves.
flower

flower

  • The flower is pretty.
  • Can you smell the flower?
  • Mark gave her a flower.
animal

animal

  • There is an animal in the garden.
  • I am not an animal.
  • This animal lives in the mountains.
mobile phone

mobile phone

  • Is your mobile phone ringing?
  • I will call your mobile phone.
  • His mobile phone is broken.
sun

sun

  • The sun is bright.
  • Do not look at the sun.
  • The sun gives me energy.
moon

moon

  • The moon is round.
  • The moon comes out at night.
  • The moon is not made of cheese.
sea

sea

  • The sea is dangerous.
  • Fish swim in the sea.
  • I like to swim in the sea.
river

river

  • The river flows quickly.
  • I live near a river.
  • The river is wide.
weather

weather

  • The weather is pleasant.
  • It depends on the weather.
  • We need to check the weather.
eyes

eyes

  • Her eyes are blue.
  • We see with our eyes.
  • Do not close your eyes.
ears

ears

  • His ears are small.
  • We hear with our ears.
  • Cover your ears.
hair

hair

  • Her hair is black.
  • We brush our hair with a brush.
  • His hair is thick.
shoes

shoes

  • Are they new shoes?
  • Wear your good shoes tomorrow.
  • Where are my shoes?
bag

bag

  • Your bag is heavy.
  • I can carry your bag.
  • The bag is full.
train

train

  • The train is fast.
  • I travel to work by train.
  • The train is late again.
bus

bus

  • The bus will be here in 10 minutes.
  • We must wait for the bus.
  • The school bus is yellow.
knife

knife

  • Use a knife to cut the apple.
  • You cannot take a knife on the plane.
  • My knife is sharp.
fork

fork

  • Can I have another fork please?
  • Do you eat rice with a fork?
  • A fork has four prongs.
spoon

spoon

  • Is this a silver spoon?
  • We use a spoon to eat soup.
  • Your spoon is in the bowl.
breakfast

breakfast

  • Breakfast is at 8 o'clock.
  • I eat breakfast before work.
  • Breakfast is tasty.
dinner

dinner

  • I had a large dinner today.
  • We eat dinner at 5 o'clock.
  • Do you want fish for dinner?
bread

bread

  • This bread is soft.
  • I always eat bread for breakfast.
  • We buy bread from the bakers.
fruit

fruit

  • This fruit is sweet.
  • We eat fruit for breakfast.
  • Fruit is healthy.
vegetables

vegetables

  • Many vegetables are green.
  • I do not eat enough vegetables.
  • Vegetables are good for you.
meat

meat

  • This meat is cooked perfectly.
  • I do not eat meat.
  • I always have meat for dinner.
drink

drink

  • This drink is cold.
  • I have bought you a drink.
  • Where is my drink?
town

town

  • This town is old.
  • I live in a small town.
  • My town is near the sea.
village

village

  • My village is quiet.
  • My sister lives in a small village.
  • There are only 30 houses in our village.
toilet

toilet

  • The toilet is upstairs.
  • Can I use the toilet?
  • Where is the toilet?
weekend

weekend

  • I love the weekend.
  • I relax on the weekend.
  • My weekend starts on a Friday.
doctor

doctor

  • The doctor is clever.
  • I must visit the doctor.
  • My doctor is young.
police man

policeman

  • He is a brave policeman.
  • I will ask that policeman.
  • There is a policeman outside your house.
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This page was written by Craig Shrives.