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I just remembered it that our company's 10th anniversary is today.

Can we say like this?

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EnglishUSA, I think Cool Breeze's and Clive's posts pretty much explained the situation. I'd just like to add that when similar (or even the same) answers are provided by more than one teacher, the poster benefits because they see the answer being confirmed by more than one teacher/native speaker.

Also, not all questions get answered on this site. There are always threads that don't get a reply, for whatever reason. For example, the Essay section has so many questions that have no replies, and the same is true for the Letters section. I'm sure your contributions would be greatly appreciated there, if you don't mind wading through the long posts.

teechrEnglishUSA, I think Cool Breeze's and Clive's posts pretty much explained the situation. I'd just like to add that when similar (or even the same) answers are provided by more than one teacher, the poster benefits because they see the answer being confirmed by more than one teacher/native speaker.

Exactly. It's never a bad thing when there is more than one answer that is the same. It confirms for the OP that it's the right answer.

As for who answered first, it's a matter of whose answers are delayed by the moderation process. Fairly new users are still subject to that delay. They may answer first, but their answers don't appear as answers until after someone else, not subject to moderation, answers. It's easy to see in this thread that you answered before Clive did even though Clive saw a question with no answers at the time he posted his answer.

As for whose answers are promoted to "correct answers", several years ago admin started a new practice by which all moderators' answers are automatically promoted to "correct answers". Not all of us wanted that, but that's what happened. Because of that change, people seldom bother to promote any answers "manually" anymore, so answers by non-moderators are usually left as is. Frequently moderators don't even open threads that already have answers, so nobody with permission to promote your post even sees it. I'll promote your answer if it makes you feel any better. Note that when I do this the order of entries will be easier to see.

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Clive

Also - if you answer is the same as mine, why is it promoted to be 'the answer' whereas mine is just left as a comment?

I don't know. I find that confusing, too.

Cheers, Clive

The site has some internal programming rules that consider the total number of posts you have, and followers, and "liked" responses. As you contribute more to the site, you accumulate more "brownie points" which give you more privileges and your posts more credibility. I don't remember the threshold for qualifying as an "answer" versus a "comment." I don't think it's very high.


EnglishForums has been going on for more than 15 years, and I don't know if anyone remembers what all these rules are. The managers and developers have changed over the years.

We enthusiastically welcome new contributors.

I see you are from New York, and I feel for your situation.... Hang in there!

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I appreciate all the feedback from all the other teachers/moderators. Now that I understand the system a bit better, I am no longer concerned with comment vs official answer. As long as it helps the student, that is all that counts for me.

I do have a question regarding the students who need help with their essays. I do see that those questions are (most?)often not answered. Of course, I do understand why that is. It takes a lot of time to correct an essay. I'm curious whether that is the only reason why the essay questions are not answered as readily? Or, is there some underlying reason - such as, the students need to do the essays themselves and not get outside help? Or, perhaps, the students need to ask their own teachers (the ones they are in class with, whether it be physical or online class)?

EnglishUSA I'm curious whether that is the only reason why the essay questions are not answered as readily?

Some of the participants here just like giving short answers. Some are more comfortable with grammar questions.

Answering these essays adequately requires a knowledge of the IELTS system. This is a UK-based assessment, so you have to give some leeway for British English.


I spend more than a half hour on these essays, and most of the time get no thanks from the student. The writers at the lowest level are the most difficult because there are so many mistakes. I can usually tell if they have plagiarized their text and call them out on it.

Most of the students who submit essays are Vietnamese. I think our site has garnered a reputation.

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My "specialty" has been in (American) Business English and (American) conversation and pronunciation. I have no background in IELTS system - so I'll leave that alone.

While I have all this time during the global pandemic, I'd like to volunteer services to those who want help with (American) conversation and pronunciation - but not sure how to go about letting students know I'm here, and available. If you have any idea, let me know!

EnglishUSAI do understand why that is. It takes a lot of time to correct an essay. I'm curious whether that is the only reason why the essay questions are not answered as readily?

That's the main reason, indeed. If you have the time and inclination, I'm sure that posters would greatly appreciate any feedback you provide, especially with regards to grammar and appropriateness of vocabulary. If you can also comment on the essay's structure, cohesion, coherence, and how well it answers the question, that would be even better.

EnglishUSAI'd like to volunteer services to those who want help with (American) conversation and pronunciation - but not sure how to go about letting students know I'm here, and available. If you have any idea, let me know!

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https://www.englishforums.com/English/TeachingEnglishForeignSecondLanguage-TeflTesl/Group12.htm

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EnglishUSA I have no background in IELTS system - so I'll leave that alone.

This page has all you really need to know (except for the idiosyncratic differences between British and American English.):

https://takeielts.britishcouncil.org/teach-ielts/test-information/assessment

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