English is the most used / commonly used language in the world.

Karen123456

Senior Member
Malaysia English
English is the most used language in the world.
English is the most commonly used language in the world.

Are both sentences correct? Thanks.
 
  • Keith Bradford

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    English (Midlands UK)
    As you say, that data refers to first-language speakers. The vast majority of those speaking English have it as their second language. See The most widely spoken languages – - ESL language studies abroad for comments on the (in)accuracy of estimated figures.

    And note that there's a third option for the original question: English is the most widely used language in the world. That introduces the concept of geographical spread, and the answers would be different again.
     
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