Most Common English Words (no. 9)
The next word on the list is “have“. It is a verb and it can be used in many ways. First, when it is used together with another verb, it forms the present perfect tense and the past perfect tense.
- I have never been to London. (present perfect)
- I hadn’t studied Japanese before I came here. (past perfect)
On its own, “have” has a lot of meanings. First, it means to possess or own something.
- They have a very cute toy poodle.
- I have a lot of cousins.
Next, it means to be ill.
- I think I have a cold.
- Have you ever had mumps（おたふくかぜ）?
“Have” also means to eat or drink something.
- I had curry for dinner.
- Can I have water?
It also means to receive something.
- Please have more coffee.
- We’re having visitors tonight.
Finally, “have” also means to experience.
- We had a great time in Korea last week.
- I’m having difficulty remembering new words.
The next word is the tenth most commonly used word in the English language. It’s a single-letter word and it’s a pronoun. Try guessing it!