100 words

Below is a list of the most common 100 words as reported on the BBC News – based on research by Jonathan Solity and Janet Vousden at Warwick University. The research is aimed at the current debate around the teaching of reading in UK schools, but the research included adult fiction and non-fiction choices as well.

a, about, after, all, am, an, and, are, as, at, away

back, be, because, big, but, by

call, came, can, come, could

did, do, down

for, from

get, go, got

had, has, have, he, her, here, him, his

I, in, into, is, it

last, like, little, live, lookmade, make, me, my

new, next, not, now

of, off, old, on, once, one, other, our, out, over


saw, said, see, she, so, some

take, that, the, their, them, then, there, they, this, three, time, to, today, too, two

up, us


was, we, were, went, what, when, will, with


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