I am looking for a long list of words, such as "the", "a", "I", "to", etc.

I know this is english.stackexchange.com, but the more languages I can find, the better.

Thanks in advance,


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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is a request for resources. – tchrist Mar 4 '15 at 15:42
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    Can you point me somewhere where I can request resources? Also: the list-request tag implied, to my understanding, that a request for lists is not off-topic – Wilhelm Klopp Mar 4 '15 at 15:46
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  • You can get a list of the 5000 most common words here. They also provide more detailed analysis, longer lists, etc. – FumbleFingers Mar 4 '15 at 16:03
  • See: wiktionary: frequency lists – rogermue Mar 4 '15 at 16:23

Commonly used words that one might wish to filter out of a text to be processed are known as stop words. See the Wikipedia entry.


Wikipedia has a list of the top 100 most common English words.

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  • Thanks, I had looked at that list, but for one it groups "are" and "were" into "be", which I don't really want, and it also isn't that long... – Wilhelm Klopp Mar 4 '15 at 15:45
  • You seem to be looking for a list of stop words. – Lachlan Dominic Mar 4 '15 at 15:51
  • @LachlanDominic Perfect, that's exactly what I was looking for. I just didn't know what they were called... Do you want to make a proper answer, so that I can accept it? – Wilhelm Klopp Mar 4 '15 at 15:53

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