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.

Task 1

Task 2

Task 3


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Average: 5 (6 votes)

Submitted by In on Wed, 24/02/2021 - 23:05

No, I don`t. I don`t have time for that.
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Submitted by Rafaela1 on Sun, 21/02/2021 - 13:06

I think I haven't joined discussion forums online seriously yet... ;)

Submitted by Leila77 on Sat, 20/02/2021 - 08:45

I have a question, please. In task 1, I don't understand why you use 'they' instead of 'he' or 'she'? For example, it said: "What does Katie20 mean when they say 'Exactly'?" Why you don't write "What does Katie20 mean when she says 'Exactly'?"?

Hi Leila77,

Good question! We can use they when we don't know the person's gender. For example:

  • Somebody called me while I was in the meeting. They didn't leave a message.

In modern English usage, some people also use they when the person's gender is known, to avoid invoking any gender stereotypes. 

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Mai Khin Nway Shein on Fri, 16/04/2021 - 13:57

In reply to by Jonathan R

Wow I don't know this before. Very useful for me! Thanks

I think it is the way it works with other languages. We have to learn them in their own way rather than translate them into our language and then learn. It makes the process complicated.

Submitted by Sara Kalafat on Fri, 12/02/2021 - 12:49

Sure, it helps me to improve my English language if it is in English by speaking with native, also it expands my culture by reading a lot about different subjects

Submitted by Abdulraqeb on Tue, 09/02/2021 - 04:10

I join many discussion forum especially national politics, economics, and health

Submitted by Minh on Tue, 22/12/2020 - 17:33

Well, it's really useful for everybody when we write the comment on Facebook or Instagram. It's necessary to write politely words.