Exactly how many words do you, you know, like, NEED?

The 100 most-used words in the English language make up 50% of all written material. Twenty-five nouns, twenty-five verbs, twenty-six adjectives and fourteen prepositions grant you an astounding command of the language.

good words (right order) » Use Words As If You Were Paying For Them.

And what are these magical words?

Nouns

1.      person

2.     year

3.     way

4.     day

5.     thing

6.     man

7.     world

8.     life

9.     hand

10.part

11.   child

12.  eye

13.  woman

14.  place

15.  work

16.  week

17.  case

18.  point

19.  government

20.company

21.  number

22.group

23.problem

24.fact

Verbs

1.      be

2.     have

3.     do

4.     say

5.     get

6.     make

7.     go

8.     know

9.     take

10.see

11.   come

12.  think

13.  look

14.  want

15.  give

16.  use

17.  find

18.  tell

19.  ask

20.work

21.  seem

22.feel

23.try

24.leave

25.call

Adjectives

1.      good

2.     new

3.     first

4.     last

5.     long

6.     great

7.     little

8.     own

9.     other

10.old

11.   right

12.  big

13.  high

14.  different

15.  small

16.  large

17.  next

18.  early

19.  young

20.important

21.  few

22.public

23.bad

24.same

25.able

26.many

Prepositions

1.      to

2.     of

3.     in

4.     for

5.     on

6.     with

7.     at

8.     by

9.     from

10.up

11.   about

12.  into

13.  over

14.  after

15.  beneath

16.  under

17.  above

 NOW the question is: what percentage of that 50% is worth reading?

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