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    My daughter's homework assignment has a question that reads, "...there are ten little words in our English language that make up about one fifth of every one hundred word paragraph. These words are called native English words. List these ten little words:"

    So far, she has: is, the, it, a, you, in

    Which ones are we missing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by michaelwilliams2
    My daughter's homework assignment has a question that reads, "...there are ten little words in our English language that make up about one fifth of every one hundred word paragraph. These words are called native English words. List these ten little words:"

    So far, she has: is, the, it, a, you, in

    Which ones are we missing?
    what about : no, he,or,to,us?

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    Quote Originally Posted by michaelwilliams2
    My daughter's homework assignment has a question that reads, "...there are ten little words in our English language that make up about one fifth of every one hundred word paragraph. These words are called native English words. List these ten little words:"

    So far, she has: is, the, it, a, you, in

    Which ones are we missing?
    Probably the most dependable list is from the Brown Corpus (which contains 1,015,945 words). Here is the top ten: the, of, and, to, a, in, that, is, was, he. The second ten: for, it, with, as, his, on, be, at, by, I. For some word lists, go here: http://www.usingenglish.com/forum/vi...+english+words

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    Quote Originally Posted by lucyarliwu
    Quote Originally Posted by michaelwilliams2
    My daughter's homework assignment has a question that reads, "...there are ten little words in our English language that make up about one fifth of every one hundred word paragraph. These words are called native English words. List these ten little words:"

    So far, she has: is, the, it, a, you, in

    Which ones are we missing?
    what about : no, he,or,to,us?
    Very good! Both he and to are in the top ten. Only us (at #128) is not in the top hundred.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    Very good! Both he and to are in the top ten. Only us (at #128) is not in the top hundred.

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    Thanks Ron for encouragment! :D hehe....

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    Quote Originally Posted by lucyarliwu View Post
    what about : no, he,or,to,us?
    that, and, an, was ... ?

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