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Fry Instant Words | Fry Phrases | Dolch Words

Fry Instant Words

The Fry list of 600 words are the most frequently used words for reading and writing.  The words are listed in rank order.

First Hundred
Group 1

the
of
and
a
to
in
is
you
that
it
he
was
for
on
are
as
with
his
they
I
at
be
this
have
from 

Group 2

or
one
had
by
word
but
not
what
all
were
we
when
your
can
said
there
use
an
each
which
she
do
how
their
if

Group 3

will
up
other
about
out
many
then
them
these
so
some
her
would
make
like
him
into
time
has
look
two
more
write
go
see

Group 4

number
no
way
could
people
my
than
first
water
been
call
who
oil
now
find
long
down
day
did
get
come
made
may
part
over

       
Second Hundred

Group 5

new
sound
take
only
little
work
know
place
year
live
me
back
give
most
very
after
thing
our
just
name
good
sentence
man
think
say

Group 6

great
where
help
through
much
before
line
right
too
mean
old
any
same
tell
boy
following
came
want
show
also
around
form
three
small
set

Group 7

put
end
does
another
well
large
must
big
even
such
because
turn
here
why
ask
went
men
read
need
land
different
home
use
move
try

Group 8

kind
hand
picture
again
change
off
play
spell
air
away
animal
house
point
page
letter
mother
answer
found
study
still
learn
should
America
world
high

       
Third Hundred

Group 9

every
near
add
food
between
own
below
country
plant
last
school
father
keep
tree
never
start
city
earth
eye
light
thought
head
under
story
saw

Group 10

left
don’t
few
while
along
might
close
something
seem
next
hard
open
example
beginning
life
always
those
both
paper
together
got
group
often
run
important

Group 11

until
children
side
feet
car
mile
night
walk
white
sea
began
grow
took
river
four
carry
state
once
book
hear
stop
without
second
later
miss

Group 12

idea
enough
eat
face
watch
far
Indian
real
almost
let
above
girl
sometimes
mountain
cut
young
talk
soon
list
song
begin
leave
family
it’s
afternoon

       
Fourth Hundred

Group 13

body
music
color
stand
sun
questions
fish
area
mark
dog
horse
birds
problem
complete
room
knew
since
ever
piece
told
usually
didn’t
friends
easy
heard

Group 14

order
red
door
sure
become
top
ship
across
today
during
short
better
best
however
low
hours
black
products
happened
whole
measure
remember
early
waves
reached

Group 15

listen
wind
rock
space
covered
fast
several
hold
himself
toward
five
step
morning
passed
vowel
true
hundred
against
pattern
numeral
table
north
slowly
money
map

Group 16

farm
pulled
draw
voice
seen
cold
cried
plan
notice
south
sing
war
ground
fall
king
town
I’ll
unit
figure
certain
field
travel
wood
fire
upon

       
Fifth Hundred

Group 17

done
English
road
half
ten
fly
gave
box
finally
wait
correct
oh
quickly
person
became
shown
minutes
strong
verb
stars
front
feel
fact
inches
street

Group 18

decided
contain
course
surface
produce
building
ocean
class
note
nothing
rest
carefully
scientists
inside
wheels
stay
green
known
island
week
less
machine
base
ago
stood

Group 19

plane
system
behind
ran
round
boat
game
force
brought
understand
warm
common
bring
explain
dry
though
language
shape
deep
thousands
yes
clear
equation
yet
government

Group 20

filled
heat
full
hot
check
object
am
rule
among
noun
power
cannot
able
six
size
dark
ball
material
special
heavy
fine
pair
circle
Include
built

       
Sixth Hundred

Group 21

can’t
matter
square
syllables
perhaps
bill
felt
suddenly
test
direction
center
farmers
ready
anything
divided
general
energy
subject
Europe
moon
region
return
believe
dance
members

Group 22

picked
simple
cells
paint
mind
love
cause
rain
exercise
eggs
train
blue
wish
drop
developed
window
difference
distance
heart
sit
sum
summer
wall
forest
probably

Group 23

legs
sat
main
winter
wide
written
length
reason
kept
interest
arms
brother
race
present
beautiful
store
job
edge
past
sign
record
finished
discovered
wild
happy

Group 24

beside
gone
sky
glass
million
west
lay
weather
root
instruments
meet
third
Months
paragraph
raised
represent
soft
whether
clothes
Flowers
shall
teacher
held
describe
drive

Fry Phrases with High Frequency Words

Dolch Words

This list of 220 words, prepared by E.W. Dolch, generally make up from 50 to 75 percent of the reading material encountered by students. 

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