This is some serious food for thought for all English language teachers around the world:
- The top ten most-used words, the, be, to, of, and, a, in, that, have, and I, account for a staggering 25% of the entire corpus of the English language.
- The top twenty-five words in the Oxford English Corpus (OEC) make up about one-third of all printed material in English.
- The one hundred most commonly used words in English comprises about half of all written English.
- 90% of English text is made up of just 1,000 words.
According to a study cited by Robert McCrum in The Story of English, all of the first hundred of the most common words in English are of Anglo-Saxon origin, except for “people”, ultimately from Latin “populus”, and “because”, in part from Latin “causa”.
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