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What are the most common phrases in the English language?

 
 
 
 
 
 
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The most commonly used letter in the English language is "e".
 
The most common word (I've already used it seven times) is "the".
 
What's the most common phrase in English?
 
No one knows. 
 
Did you get that?  NO ONE KNOWS.
 
Well, this site is going to find out...with your help.  
 
I'll be posting phrases that show up in a Google search as getting a million or more hits on the web.  These represent the word combinations that are used with the greatest frequency in the English language, mostly as American English.
 
I invite you to do the same....let me know of any and all phrases that you can find that break the million-hits barrier (there are a few "rules" for participating....more on that in a bit.)
 
Together, we can create a brand new type of reference list for anyone interested in words...a list of the most commonly used phrases in the English language. 
 
 

Here are the most popular English language phrases I've found so far (four or more words -- contractions count as two words). 
 
Can you do better than 31.7 million hits?
 
 
The most common phrases in the English language
I don't know
may be the most common sentence
in the English language!

 

 
PHRASE
GOOGLE HITS
SEARCH DATE
1.
...is one of the
31,700,000
February 2005
2.
...the end of the
30,500,000
February 2005
3.
...one of the most
28,000,000
February 2005
4.
...for the first time
25,800,000
February 2005
5.
I don't know
22,700,000
February 2005

Let me know what you find in the way of popular phrases.
 
Here's how:
 
1.  Search for phrases that are four words or longer in length.
 
2.  Contractions (don't, can't, I'm) count as two words
 
3.  Search on Google, and make sure the phrase is in quotes (e.g. "is one of the")
 
4.  Check the hit count ...Results 1 - 100 of about 31,700,000
 
5.  If it's over a million, I want to know about it. 
 
6.  If it's over 30 million, you've found yourself one of the most popular phrases in the English language.
 
 
So keep those cards and letters coming.  Together we can build the world's first list of the most commonly used phrases in the English language, as least as far as it's represented in Google's massive memory banks.
 
Thanks.
 
Dave

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