Which of the following full sentences is correct?

  1. Our voice needs to be heard by the media.
  2. Our voice is needed to be heard by the media.

It sounds to me as if they are both the same and giving a passive voice.

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    Neither is grammatical (at least not in the sense you’re most likely going for). Apr 5, 2019 at 6:54
  • The question is too broad. Please limit the question by supplying the context together with why you disagree with the standard interpretation within that context.
    – Lawrence
    Apr 5, 2019 at 7:07
  • what if I add (by): here we have the full sentences : Our voice needs to be heard by the media OR Our voice is needed to be heard by the media---- it sounds to me they are same and giving a passive voice-- And many thanks for the comments I appreciate ..
    – user342858
    Apr 5, 2019 at 8:31
  • Neither is wrong: which is correct depends on its precise context & usage - which you have not supplied. I've also edited your Q. to incorporate the clarification from your comment. But I'm still voting to close this Q.!
    – TrevorD
    Apr 6, 2019 at 14:46
  • yes This answer is helpful
    – user342858
    Apr 7, 2019 at 7:23

1 Answer 1


This question is better suited to our sister-site ELL (English Language Learners) but in case it doesn't get migrated here's an answer.

"Our voice" is singular, so the verb that follows must be in the third-person singular (Wiktionary)

Our voice needs to be heard

As to your second sentence, which is in the simple present passive voice, it's grammatical but its meaning is slightly redundant.

Our voice is needed to be heard

The speaker is saying their voice is necessary for it to be heard by someone or something, which I suppose makes sense. But I think the OP is looking to say the following

Our voice must be heard

See Google Ngram chart below for confirmation

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  • the answers are not helpful...somebody please help
    – user342858
    Apr 6, 2019 at 10:58
  • @user342858 You fixed the grammar in the first example because I explained the error. You added the object (by the media) because I said the second sentence was confusing. I told you that the second sentence was in the passive voice. I showed that the phrase "voice must be heard" is much more common.... I think you should be pretty happy but I can delete the answer if you prefer.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Apr 6, 2019 at 11:59
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    It is helpful neither to yourself nor to others who may consider answering your Q. if you do not say WHY "the answers are not helpful".
    – TrevorD
    Apr 6, 2019 at 14:50

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