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    #1

    to be or be

    S1.In fact, most of them just want their voices be heard.
    S2.In fact, most of them just want their voices to be heard.


    Are their any difference in meaning between the two sentence?

    Thanks for any advice!

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    #2

    Re: to be or be

    Only the second one works. The subjunctive "be" doesn't work here.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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