The word de is also found to be the most frequent Spanish word in a sample taken by Gregenstette & Segond1. As well as its more "lexical" use with the meaning of from, out of, the following "functional" uses contribute to it being such a common word:
Note that in methodology used here, but not in that of Gregenstette & Segond, the form del (=de + el) is counted as two separate words.
1. In Mitkov (ed), 2003, The Oxford Handbook of Computational Linguistics (Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics), p. 701.
Frequency per million words: 78250
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