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The 100 most common verbs in English Posted by on Oct 24, 2013 in English Language, English Vocabulary


Have you ever wondered what the most important verbs are to learn in English? Well, knowing the 100 most commonly used verbs would probably be a good start! Any guesses on what might top the list of the 100 most common verbs in English? Certainly some of the first verbs you learned in English, like ‘to be,’ ‘to have,’ and ‘to do’ are very important to know. Unfortunately, like many other languages, some of the most common verbs in English are irregular verbs and so not always easy to learn and remember. But hopefully you will use these common verbs so often that you will soon get used to their irregular nature. I’ve found a great website to share with all of you that lists the 100 most commonly used verbs in English, just click here to access it. This website also shows you how to congregate these verbs in their various tenses! You just click on the infinitive form of the verb and you will see how to congregate it in the present, past, future, pluperfect, and other tenses.

Now, here are the top 10 most used verbs in English.  How many do you already know how to use?

1. be
2. have
3. do
4. say
5. go
6. can (auxiliary verb)
7. get
8. would (auxiliary verb)
9. make
10. know

And here are the same 10 verbs used in sentences in the present tense to put them in context for you.
1. I am so happy to be learning English.
2. James has all my money.
3. How many books does this library have?
4. Please say your name and where you are from.
5. I go to school every Tuesday and Thursday.
6. Can you help me?
7. Bill gets paid every other Friday.
8. Where would you like this to go?
9. Jillian makes delicious desserts.
10. I already know all of these verbs.

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About the Author: Gabriele

Hi there! I am one of Transparent Language's ESL bloggers. I am a 32-year-old native English speaker who was born and raised in the United States. I am living in Washington, DC now, but I have lived all over the US and also spent many years living and working abroad. I started teaching English as a second language in 2005 after completing a Master's in Applied Linguists and a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults' (CELTA). Since that time I have taught ESL in the United States at the community college and university level. I have also gone on to pursue my doctorate in psychology and now I also teach courses in psychology. I like to stay connected to ESL learners around the world through Transparent Languages ESL Blog. Please ask questions and leave comments on the blog and I will be sure to answer them.


  1. Richard:

    Hi Gabriele,

    Thanks for the mention of our web page. I thought I’d let you know that I’ve now updated this and the conjugation pages with audio and colour coding for regular and irregular forms.

    There are also now lists of the most common regular and irregular verbs.


    Hope you find this helpful!

  2. Steven Dark:

    Hi Gabriele, great site but I’d like to point out that there are only three auxillary verbs in English – be, have, do. ‘Can’ and ‘would’ are *modal* verbs.

    • gabriele:

      @Steven Dark Steven, Thank you for your comment and clarification. Yes, ‘can’ and ‘would’ are indeed modal verbs 🙂

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