English Sentences Focusing on Words and Their Word Families


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Number of Sentences Word / Word Family NGSL Rank NGSL Category


  • Here are some examples of word families.
    • do, does, doing, did, done
    • be, am, is, are, was, were, being, been, (I)'m, (We)'re
    • friend, friends, friendly, unfriendly, friendless, friendship
  • Sentences are sorted by length, with 50 sentences per page.
  • Sentences with audio are shown first, followed by sentences without audio.
  • Only sentences from the Tatoeba Corpus that have been proofread are included.
  • I only included word families that had 18 or more sentences in my proofread subset of the Tatoeba Corpus.
  • Warning! The Tatoeba Corpus has errors. (Read details.) I have limited my use to English sentences that I have personally proofread. However, some of the translations may be wrong or were written by non-native speakers and sound very unnatural.
  • The NGSL Rank is from the NGSL Stats & Frequencies to 34K file found on the A New General Service List website. I renumbered the "Sup" and NAWL so they would be sequential after NGSL.
  • The NGSL Category shows the 3 categories by the NGSL group, plus "off list" if on the 34K list, or "other" if not.

This project is still under construction.

  • Currently, there are slightly over 3,000 sets of pages with sentences focused on words and their families.
  • These pages are being built from a collection of over 300,000 English sentences. 123,378 of these sentences have audio.
  • If you notice any problems, please write to me using kelly.reachby.com.
  • Temporarily, the Be, Have, and Would sets of pages are still being worked on and are not available.
  • This is still a "rough draft." Some of the "other" words may actually be part of anther word family.