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)

Submitted by Alle2022 on Sat, 15/10/2022 - 13:08


If a writing test has two questions, where the first one measures the use of capitalization and punctuation; and the second one measures writing complete/simple sentences (SVO/C)--- My question is, do I still have to penalize students if they make mistakes in capitalization and punctuation in the second question where it tests only writing sentence structure?

Hello Alle2022,

LearnEnglish is a site for English learners rather than teachers, so this kind of question falls outside of our scope here. I would say only that this is not a question with an answer in teaching methodology but rather one which is up to the test writer and/or institution. It's really a question of what the test writer wants to assess.



The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Rita25 on Thu, 08/09/2022 - 01:42


Rarely, tho I admit I used to be so hooked with social media before, then gradually I wean that obsession off, Since then I am now able to prioritize what really matters. I rarely join any discussions forum, It's not my thing besides it can cause dispute, People nowadays seem a bit defensive when you try to get your opinion across. We all have different opinion and I respect that, Needless to say I just keep my opinion to myself. That's why I rarely join any online forums.

Submitted by Nandar Su Hlaing on Wed, 10/08/2022 - 11:58


No, I don't join in discussion forum. I don't like to join these. I never make any comment in social media.

Submitted by E.lvira55 on Mon, 01/08/2022 - 11:21


Hello everybody!
Recently worked with a team that helps start software development. I must say that I am pleasantly surprised. If you need it, you can apply.

Submitted by ecoclicky on Wed, 15/06/2022 - 06:34


What's the difference between biodegradable or bio-based?

Hello ecoclicky,

I'm afraid I'm not familiar with the term 'bio-based', but it sounds to me as if it emphasises the source of the materials it's made from, whereas 'biodegradable' seems to speak more about what the item will become in the future.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Fzt_abidin on Mon, 13/06/2022 - 17:13


When ı think about a discussion forum ı never wrote a forum ı don't know why however maybe ı like to speak that's why ı didn't write at online forum. But if the assumed the WhatsApp groups is a discussion forum then ı am frequently writing message

Submitted by Nguyen Nhu Nguyen on Thu, 24/03/2022 - 11:50


I dont join the discussion in the social media, because I think It's unnecessary, and waste of time. Because on the social media have a lot of bad content, dirty content, and not really useful. If I am interest in any subject I often find out forums or groups that talk about it. The subjects that interested me often help my life or jobs . Recenty, I'm interest in the graphic design, I want to learn about it, and can find small income from it beside daily main job.
Does anyone here know the graphic design?

Do you join in many discussion forums? Why or why not?
I prefer to stay far away from discussion forums especially in social media, because if they not agree with you they write forward you bad things.