Common English Words List (Pdf): The oxford 3000 Words
The keywords of the Oxford 3000 have been carefully chosen by a group of language experts and experienced teachers as the most important and useful words to learn in English. These words have been chosen for three reasons. The words that are used most frequently in English are included, based on the information in the American English section of the Oxford English Corpus. A corpus is an electronically held collection of written and spoken texts, and this corpus contains more than 2 billion words….
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Source: Oxford American Dictionary