30 Most Common English Verbs

Many students ask which words they should learn first. On strategy is to focus on the most commonly used words. Check out this list of the 30 most common verbs in the English language! The verbs are listed in their base form, present tense, past tense, and perfect forms.

Words that are more common will generally be more useful, so it's a good idea to learn more common verbs first! Get to know these verbs first to make the most of your new vocabulary as you learn English

What patterns do you notice in the list of verbs? The first 20 most common verbs are all only one syllable. You may also notice that 19 of the verbs on the list are irregular verbs.

Note that verbs that work only as auxiliaries and modals (such as can and will) have been removed from this list. Verbs that act as both auxiliaries and main verbs have been left in. Data for this table came from the Corpus of Contemporary American English (COCA).

30 Most Common Verbs in English
Infinitive Present Past Perfect
to be am, is, are was, were been
to have has, have had had
to do do, does did done
to know know, knows knew known
to think think, thinks thought thought
to go go, goes went gone
to get get, gets got gotten
to say say, says said said
to want want, wants wanted wanted
to see see, sees saw seen
to mean mean, means meant meant
to let let, lets let let
to make make, makes made made
to come come, comes came come
to take take, takes took taken
to look look, looks looked looked
to thank thank, thanks thanked thanked
to tell tell, tells told told
to put put, puts put put
to like like, likes liked liked
to talk talk, talks talked talked
to need need, needs needed needed
to believe believe, believes believed believed
to give give, gives gave given
to try try, tries tried tried
to call call, calls called called
to find find, finds found found
to feel feel, feels felt felt
to happen happen, happens happened happened
to ask ask, asks asked asked

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