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The following example shows lists of the Top 50 Verbs and Top 50 Nouns that appear in Maha-bharata IX: Shalya (volume one of two). Translated by Justin Meiland.

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Maha·bhárata IX: Shalya (volume one of two).

Translated by Justin Meiland.

Top 50 Verbs

Rank Unique Words Number of Occurrences
1 Destroyed 104
2 Killed 99
3 Saw 85
4 Said 82
5 Charged 64
6 Pierced 64
7 Became 63
8 Struck 59
9 Attacked 58
10 Covered 52
 
11 Slaughtered 51
12 Fell 50
13 Kill 50
14 Took 49
15 Fought 49
16 Fled 47
17 Wounded 45
18 Fired 44
19 Fight 43
20 Made 40
 
21 Advanced 40
22 Looked 40
23 Seeing 39
24 Filled 37
25 See 37
26 Stood 35
27 Surrounded 35
28 Seen 34
29 Cut 30
30 Lost 27
 
31 Fleeing 22
32 Watched 22
33 Slaughter 21
34 Shouted 20
35 Resembled 19
36 Hurled 19
37 Standing 18
38 Protected 18
39 Surrender 17
40 Addressed 16
 
41 Hearing 16
42 Die 16
43 Rejected 16
44 Shot 16
45 Entered 15
46 Climbed 15
47 Roared 15
48 Falling 15
49 Sliced 15
50 Saying 14

Top 50 Nouns

Rank Unique Words Number of Occurrences
1 King(s) 422
2 Son(s) 412
3 Battle 397
4 Arrow(s) 316
5 Warrior(s) 216
6 Pandava(s) 190
7 Chariot(s) 168
8 Army 165
9 Troops 160
10 Men(man) 150
 
11 Elephant(s) 130
12 Horses 128
13 Shalya 121
14 Madras 120
15 Majesty 118
16 Hero(es) 107
17 Lord 105
18 Duryodhana 103
19 Enemy(ies) 102
20 Kaurava(s) 101
 
21 Bow 91
22 Death 90
23 Yudhishthira 88
24 Shalya's 78
25 Shafts 73
26 Bhimasena 71
27 One 70
28 Charioteer(s) 67
29 Earth 63
30 Battlefield 62
 
31 Two 61
32 Bhima 58
33 Shakuni 55
34 Sanjaya 54
35 Satyaki 54
36 Words 54
37 Soldiers 53
38 Three 53
39 Descendant 52
40 Sahadeva 52
 
41 People 50
42 Thousand(s) 50
43 Ground 50
44 Arjuna 48
45 Way 48
46 Drona 46
47 Bharatas 43
48 Bharata 43
49 Mace 43
50 Bull 41