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 ubaid332 on Thu, 06/06/2024 - 07:08


Do you join in many discussion forums? Why or why not?

I would like to join discussion forums it can improve my knowledge about the discussed topic but if the discussion forum is ethical and to the point. Otherwise, it will lose time. The discussion forum also helps the website owner to reduce the questions and answer everyone. Anyone have a problem, can check the forum and get the desired solution easily. Some popular forums are stackoverflow, discuss, etc.

Submitted by jmajo on Mon, 03/06/2024 - 16:15


Hi team, 

I have a doubt about the options in <Task 1>--><Item 3> in the question: What mistake did JayCee99 make?

*They misunderstood the first post.

*They put the wrong link.

Why both options start with 'They' instead of 'he' or 'she' if it's only one person posting? It's because in this cases it's allowed to use 'They' because we're not sure about the gender of the person? 


Hello jmajo,

Yes, that's right. We often use 'they' when we're not sure about the gender of someone. 

These days it's also sometimes used to refer to nonbinary genders, but this use of 'they' is actually several hundred years old. And 'you' is also a plural form that has come to have both singular and plural meanings.

Best wishes,
LearnEnglish team

Submitted by jmajo on Mon, 03/06/2024 - 16:05


No, I don’t. I only join in discussion forums when I need to get technical information about some 
software o service I have a problem with, I try to avoid nonsense discussions because take a lot
of time and energy and generally don’t make any productive result for me.

Thanks for the lesson.
Great site!!

Submitted by anhteeny96 on Sun, 25/02/2024 - 07:18


I rarely join many discussion forums. Maybe when I was a teenager, I did, but I don't really remember. Because at that time I was still young, I wanted to express myself; all attention was on me. As I get older, I realize that discussion forums are pointless, a waste of my time, and that I should focus on myself and the people I care about.

Submitted by DzhusAngela on Mon, 15/01/2024 - 11:37


I never joined for discations forum,because I like when someone need my opinion and ask me:"What I think?"

Submitted by andrewwill on Sun, 08/10/2023 - 12:45


I believe online discussions can be a catalyst for positive change. When we come together to share our experiences and ideas, we have the potential to spark movements and drive social progress.
i wanna discuss about my blog

Submitted by on Tue, 03/10/2023 - 20:38


I like to have forum discussions when the subject is familiar to me. I prefer conversation where I can learn something. I rarely join discussions where the debate is about everyday life topics.

Submitted by Katrina_M on Wed, 23/08/2023 - 20:22


May anyone comment on this. Can I say: a lower than as was anticipated ?
Thanks a lot in advance!