Essential Words

The 290 words below, are used most often when we write. Together they make up about 75% of most writing, so they are very important. These words have been arranged in alphabetical order and put in lists according to how often they are used. Because these words are used so often, it is very important that we learn to spell each one.

Essential List 1  (10 words – 25% of writing)

a

I

it

the

was

and

in

my

to

we

Essential List 2  (20 words – 15% of writing)

at

had

of

that

up

but

he

on

then

went

for

is

she

there

when

got

me

so

they

you

Essential List 3  (30 words – 10% of writing)

about

be

go

into

our

after

because

going

just

out

all

came

have

like

said

are

day

her

mum

some

as

down

his

not

were

back

get

home

one

with

Essential List 4  (50 words – 10% of writing)

again

do

next

people

time

an

first

night

put

took

around

food

no

ran

two

big

from

now

saw

us

by

good

off

school

very

can

has

old

see

well

come

him

only

started

what

could

house

or

their

will

dad

if

other

them

would

did

little

over

this

your

Essential List 5  (50 words – 5% of writing)

am

door

last

once

through

another

everyone

left

play

told

away

family

log

really

too

bed

five

looked

room

walked

been

found

made

something

want

before

friend

man

still

way

best

fun

more

thing

where

brother

heard

morning

think

which

called

here

name

thought

who

car

know

never

three

year

Essential List 6  (70 words – 5% of writing)

also

cool

eyes

head

jump

always

dark

fell

hit

knew

asked

decided

felt

how

later

black

dog

find

inside

life

boy

eat

four

its

live

bus

end

gave

it’s

lot

cat

even

getting

I’ll

lunch

coming

every

great

I’m

make

minutes

place

sister

top

water

most

ready

sleep

town

while

much

ride

suddenly

tree

why

nice

right

take

turned

window

opened

run

tell

until

woke

outside

say

ten

wanted

yes

Essential List 7    (60 words – 3% of writing)

any

each

ground

money

soon

baby

ever

guard

mother

stay

bad

everything

hand

myself

stop

ball

face

happened

new

swimming

being

fast

happy

parents

tea

bit

father

help

picked

than

boat

few

hole

playing

tried

bought

finally

hot

presents

under

camp

finished

hour

road

wait

dead

game

let

side

won

died

girl

look

small

why

doing

gone

many

sometimes

work

         

Essential List 8         (Commonly Misspelt Words)

allowed

centre 

dollars

friends

lightning

second

wasn't

awhile

chocolate

don't

front

luckily

someone

watch

believe

clothes

everybody

grabbed

nearly

stopped

weren't

breakfast

couldn't

everyday

having

police

straight

we're

brought

didn't

everywhere

holidays

present

they're

whole

cannon

different

excited

hopped

probably

threw

won't

can't   

disappeared  

favourite

hospital

quiet

tomorrow

you're

caught

doesn't

field

instead

scared

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