The 800 Most Frequently Used Words
in the English Language
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This is a list of the 800 most frequently used words in the English Language and is used 86% of the time in all writing. These words are important for each person to know how to spell and understand as they will use them so many times in their lifetime. The words may all look easy but many are often misspelled or used incorrectly (examples: their, there) by writers of all ages. The first 25 words are used 33% of everyday writing. The first 100 words appear in 50% of adult and student writing. The first 800 words, which we focus on, are used 86% of the time in all writing. You can see why having these as spelling words, since they are used in writing so frequently, is important.