20 English Words To Use Every Day (Part 1)

Have you ever stopped to think about how many words there are in the English language? Let me give you a little fact here. It is said that there are around 170,000 to 220,000 English words. Now, out of that, how many do you think the average native English speaker knows or uses? I’m warning you, this might come as a shock, but the average native speaker only knows and uses about 2,000 words, and if that native English speaker is also a college graduate, well, they may know and use about 5,000 words. That’s crazy, isn’t it? So, what do you think are the most common, day to day English words? No guesses? Well, let’s jump right in!

Tendency

Definition

An inclination toward a particular characteristic or type of behavior

How to use it

Use “tendency” when you want to describe a person, or things, character.

10 example sentences

  1. She has a tendency to overreact.
  2. It’s depressing; she has the tendency to see everything in a negative way.
  3. Rita has a tendency to overreact.
  4. I don’t think Jacob will have his job much longer, especially if the boss finds out that he has a tendency to drink during office hours.
  5. Kai, my two year old, has a tendency to wet the bed whenever he drinks too much.
  6. Why do most dogs have the tendency to tangle themselves up in their leash?
  7. I have a tendency to shop online when I’m bored.
  8. Since she is not confident in her English speaking, she has a tendency to remain silent in class.
  9. The child has a tendency towards throwing temper tantrums these days.
  10. I don’t like how she has the tendency to talk during class, but besides that, Shirley is a great student.

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Obviously

Definition

In a way that is easily perceived or understood; clearly

How to use it

You can use the word obviously, well, when something is obvious, clear, or extremely easy to comprehend

10 Example sentences

  1. Obviously, she didn’t understand the homework, or else she would have completed it.
  2. Obviously, he has not thought this plan through.
  3. He was obviously drunk.
  4. She obviously missed her boyfriend.
  5. Obviously, Clara was annoyed, but there wasn’t much she could say or do about it.
  6. The strategic plan, which obviously can no longer be carried out, was completely forgotten about.
  7. Obviously, taking the bus is not something she does often.
  8. Well, obviously, this data gets sent back to headquarters.
  9. You would think Carrie adored her father, but obviously not.
  10. Obviously then knew the route.

Worthwhile

Definition

Worth the time, money, or effort spent; value or importance

How to use it

Worthwhile can be used when you’re considering if doing something is even worth it or not.

10 example sentences

  1. It was worthwhile to contribute.
  2. Some choices are more difficult than others, but all are worthwhile.
  3. Many students find our curriculum worthwhile because they get to study what they are interested in.
  4. There is an annual fee for the membership, but the amenities make the expense worthwhile.
  5. This is a worthwhile investment to keeping your productivity in the green.
  6. Dating can be hard, but when you find that special someone, it will all be worthwhile.
  7. Buying a home is expensive at first, but will certainly be worthwhile in the long run.
  8. Before taking out a loan, be sure if the investment is worthwhile.
  9. Since shipping is free if I spend over $100, it’s worthwhile for me to buy all the things I need at once.
  10. I’ve learned a lot of health hacks lately that are all worthwhile.

Necessarily

Definition

As a necessary result; inevitably

How to use it

This word is most commonly used in its negative form: not necessarily. “Not necessarily” can be used when something does not have to be done or done a certain way. “Necessarily”, on the other hand, is used when something is inevitable.

10 example sentences

  1. He doesn’t necessarily have to wear a suit to work, but it is preferred.
  2. These samples, by no means necessarily agree with our new system.
  3. It’s a long story that you don’t necessarily need to know, sorry.
  4. I take it you and Brittany don’t necessarily see eye to eye.
  5. A number of these packages must necessarily be left there, untouched.
  6. Costly as it necessarily was, it was a great service.
  7. I do not necessarily agree with him, but he’s the boss.
  8. She intended to give a necessarily brief introduction so that the newcomers could understand the terminology.
  9. The brand does not necessarily follow the code.
  10. The books must necessarily be thin enough for our younger students to carry around.

Eventually

Definition

In the end, especially after a long delay, dispute, or series of problems

How to use it

The word “eventually” is most commonly used when something happens, or will happen, after a long period of waiting.

10 example sentences

  1. Our bodies will eventually be immune to the virus.
  2. Eventually, they stopped talking and fell asleep.
  3. He will tell her he loves her eventually.
  4. I believe that eventually, cash will no longer be used and everything will be digital.
  5. Cindy eventually caught up with the rest of the class, but it was tough for her.
  6. There’s no doubt that Amber will eventually return, asking for the money he owes her.
  7. The morning sickness lasted for about twenty weeks, but eventually, it lightened up.
  8. Exhaustion eventually took over, and the toddler passed out in his mother’s arms.
  9. Eventually, you will admit you’re wrong; you wait and see.
  10. I will get around to reading that book eventually.

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Describe

Definition

To give a detailed account of (someone or something ) verbally

How to use it

People use the word “describe” mainly when they are asking for more details about something. However, it is also commonly used whenever someone is offering to give more details about something.

10 example sentences

  1. Without looking, please describe to me what the story was about.
  2. I can’t describe my feelings accurately, but I think I like him.
  3. Would you like for me to describe how to use this smart home technology?
  4. I can’t describe how strange it feels moving out of my hometown.
  5. Most historians love to describe their lessons in detail.
  6. I wouldn’t describe her as being short, but she wasn’t tall either.
  7. How can this future I describe not be ours?
  8. If I could describe my feeling, I would say I’m anxious.
  9. Could you describe the thief?
  10. The article should first describe the general idea, then go into further detail about the topic.

Exhausted

Definition

Drain (someone) of their physical or mental resources; tire out

How to use it

Most commonly used o describe when someone looks or feels extremely tired. This can be either mentally or physically.

10 example sentences

  1. I’m exhausted.
  2. Did you work an all-nighter? You look exhausted.
  3. She was mentally exhausted after such a long meeting.
  4. Exhausted from overthinking, she drifted off to sleep.
  5. You must be exhausted after your trip.
  6. I was exhausted, but I couldn’t sleep.
  7. I have exhausted all my resources.
  8. He should have been exhausted, but he was wired with energy.
  9. My sister, who is a nurse, always looks exhausted.
  10. Every winter, our wood supply is exhausted due to the extreme weather conditions.

Favor

Definition

An act of kindness beyond what is due or usual

How to use

Although “favor” has multiple meanings, the one we are learning today can be used when someone does something overly kind for another person.

10 example sentences

  1. Hey, can I ask you a favor?
  2. Do me a favor and listen, please.
  3. I’d like to ask Dennis for a favor, but I’m shy.
  4. He was asking for a favor, but no one picked up on the hints.
  5. I did you a favor, trust me.
  6. He broke his moral code, just to do you a favor. I’d say you owe him a lot.
  7. James would be doing me a favor by picking the kids up, but I doubt he will.
  8. I will consider your favor, and get back to you.
  9. Not that I don’t appreciate the favor, but I do not need it. Thanks.
  10. You owe me a favor!

Hardly

Definition

Scarcely; only a very short time before; only with great difficulty

How to use it

“Hardly” is most commonly used when referring to something that rarely happens, or, when there is a short time before something occurs.

10 example sentences

  1. I hardly ever have time to watch tv.
  2. They sold hardly anything at the garage sale today.
  3. I have hardly begun to know you.
  4. I can hardly wait for the fall!
  5. I could hardly believe my ears.
  6. There was hardly anyone out tonight.
  7. I can hardly wait to go to sleep tonight; I’m exhausted!
  8. He can hardly walk let alone run.
  9. I hardly recognized him.
  10. The guy is drunk! He can hardly remember his name.

Honestly

Definition

In a truthful or honorable way; used to emphasize the sincerity of an opinion, belief, or feeling

How to use it

“Honestly” is most commonly used for emphasizing an opinion. However, it is also common to use the word “honestly” when something/someone is truthful or honorable.

10 example sentences

  1. Honestly, I didn’t think she had it in her; good for her!
  2. He answered both openly and honestly, without hesitation.
  3. Honestly, you might have told me, but I forgot.
  4. Did you honestly believe him?
  5. I appreciate your concern, but honestly, I’m doing just fine.
  6. I honestly don’t know.
  7. Quite honestly, I could care less.
  8. I honestly don’t know how we will manage on solely my income.
  9. When I thought I lost my wallet, I honestly didn’t know whether to laugh or cry.
  10. Bread flavored soda? Honestly, what will they think of next?

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