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Key vocabulary and common words in English – red words and star system

Although there are hundreds of thousands of words in the English language, 90% of the time speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These 7,500 words are the red words and they are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequently used words in the English. This is an important feature of the Macmillan English Dictionary, and it means that as an English language user you can immediately identify the most important words you need to know.