An online discussion forum

An online discussion forum

Learn how to write posts on an online forum.

Do the preparation task first. Then read the text and tips and do the exercises.


Reading text


Can you believe it? Someone in another group asked me to write some pages of their website in English and French. But they can't pay because 'I'm starting this business with no money.' He said he's a professional photographer and he can do some photos for me instead. Am I wrong to be angry?


Nope! I’d be angry too


I can't help but here's the link to a friend's website. He is a French–English writer and translator


Er … asking people to work for free … not cool!


^^^ This!


Oops! I thought you were looking for someone. Sorry for the misunderstanding smiley


I can't pay my rent with photographs, sorry




True, but professional photos cost a lot of money, especially if you're getting married. Sorry I don't speak French or I would do it cheeky


Here's a link to his photography if anyone wants the job As you can see the website needs some work … wink


@Mylo45 Maybe, but people always ask writers to work for free #PayMe


Yep, if I need photos OK but I prefer to get paid with money


1. Writing in online forums is more like speaking.

2. You don’t have to put full stops (.) at the end of sentences.

3. Use ^^^ to show you’re talking about the post above yours.

4. Use @ and a person’s name to show clearly who you’re replying to.

5. You can use emojis.  cool

6. Stay calm and be polite. Some people get angry in online discussions but try to avoid that.

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Average: 5 (6 votes)

Hello amit_ck

In general, we use 'on the bed' to talk about something that is on top of the bed, often not under the sheets. 'in bed' usually refers to being on the bed and under the sheets or blanket, and for someone who's staying there. For example, when a person has gone to bed to sleep, or when a person is sick and resting, we'd normally say they are 'in bed'. But if you leave your shirt on top of the bed, we'd say it's 'on the bed'.

Hope that helps.

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Maksmatt on Sat, 16/11/2019 - 12:50

I never joined a discussion in a forum. I like to see people in the eyes who I'm talking to.
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Submitted by Rafaela1 on Sat, 02/11/2019 - 12:01

About an online forum, not really. Becuase it's sometimes difficult for me to discuss with strangers wiithout non-verbal communication, which is given to misunderstandings. ˉ̞̭ ( ›◡ु‹ ) ˄̻ ̊

Submitted by Ola Jamal on Thu, 17/10/2019 - 19:56

Hello, A portfolio is examples of your work "for" showing to other people. A translator is someone whose job is to change a text "into" a different language. Is it right if we use "to" instead of "for" and "into" in these sentences?
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Submitted by Peter M. on Fri, 18/10/2019 - 06:56

In reply to by Ola Jamal


Hello Ola James,

You could not replace for with to in the first sentence. You could say show to other people, but I think for is better here.

We generally use into rather than to after the verb 'translate', but I think to can be used in some dialects. Note that we say into when we are talking about a language, but to when we give the actual translation:

I translated the text into Polish.

I translated 'How are you?' to 'Jak się masz?'



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Submitted by Huyen on Thu, 05/09/2019 - 15:17

If I'm free and a topic is interesting, I will join the forum. I can express my think about it. Moreover, I can get some advice. In the case of no free time, I never join the forum. It's a waste of time to join it.

Submitted by cittàutopica on Sun, 25/08/2019 - 16:07

I only join in discussion forums about subjects within the area of my interests.

Submitted by Ifada on Mon, 19/08/2019 - 05:20

Just some discussion in my groups chats. Because I want to improve my skill in english by writing

Submitted by Dimpy on Thu, 25/07/2019 - 14:57

Yes, I have accounts at many discussion forums, most of them are anime related and a very few are of movies and games. I'm a big and when I say big I mean gigantic anime fan so, yes, I love watching anime and then discussing about them with other anime lovers.