Turns out grammar is one thing Miley Cyrus just can’t get right.
Like everyone else, Sufjan Stevens spent his weekend listening to (and loving) Cyrus’s new album, Bangerz. But while other artists have been busy writing Cyrus open letters about her new image, her tongue, and her inability to keep clothes on, Stevens had more pressing concerns to address to The One Who Twerks. Namely, the poor grammar in her tune “#GetItRight.”
“One particular line causes concern: ‘I been laying in this bed all night long,’” Stevens wrote in a post on his blog. “Miley, technically speaking, you’ve been LYING, not LAYING, an irregular verb form that should only be used when there’s an object, i.e. ‘I been laying my tired booty on this bed all night long’…But also, Miley, did you know the tense here is also totally wrong. Surely you’ve heard of Present Perfect Continuous Tense (I HAVE BEEN LYING in this bed all night long [hopefully getting some beauty sleep?]). It’s a weird, equivocal, almost purgatorial tense, not quite present, not quite past, not quite here, not quite there. Somewhere in between.”
While Stevens is correct, he’s obviously having some fun with her (Hear that, Miley? No need to begin a Twitter feud!), and he concludes his letter by praising her. “I love you because you’re the Queen, grammatically and anatomically speaking. And you’re the hottest cake in the pan. Don’t ever grow old. Live brightly before your fire fades into total darkness. XXOO Sufjan.”
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