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Is this sentence correct?

Your voice is not audible

or

you are not audible

or are both of them are correct?

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    Both are correct. One or other might be preferable in certain contexts. You are not audible from the back of the hall. And: Because of your throat infection, your voice is not audible at present. Commented Feb 8, 2022 at 15:43
  • So if I am talking to someone on zoom, and I am not able to hear the person's voice properly, will saying your voice is not audible is proper in this context?
    – Daniel
    Commented Feb 8, 2022 at 15:58
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    No. Not only is the wording far too formal for a zoom call, you're not hitting the reason why they're not audible. Usually people ask if the person is on mute, or ask them to speak up. Commented Feb 8, 2022 at 16:26
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    @Daniel you can simply say "I can't hear you" Commented Feb 8, 2022 at 17:03
  • I agree with the other comments. Typical phrases you hear on Zoom are: "You're muted/on mute" or "I can't hear you. (Maybe your audio/mic/microphone isn't working, or maybe there's something wrong with my settings." Commented Feb 8, 2022 at 17:49

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Both are acceptable, though "Your voice is not audible" is probably more grammatically correct. Strictly speaking, it is a sound that is audible rather than a person, but generally people will imply the sound by specifying the thing creating the sound, as in this case where the sound in question being your voice is implicit.

I suppose you could make sounds in other ways, but in that case you would specify it - such as "The duchess ['s voice] was audible around the room" vs. "The duchess' breaking wind was audible around the room"

You wouldn't say "His book is not audible" as a book generally doesn't make a specific sound, but you could say "The cat was audible" as cats are known to make a certain sound.

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