Sufjan Stevens Takes Miley Cyrus to Task -- For Her Grammar

The indie rock darling pens a witty letter to the pop star on his Tumblr page. "I have a feeling your 'present perfect continuous' involves a lot more excitement than mine," he writes.
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Miley Cyrus has been getting a lot of attention recently for a variety of controversies, but her grammar had gone untouched -- until Monday.

Enter: indie rock darling Sufjan Stevens, who has penned an open letter addressed to the twerking pop princess on his Tumblr page. There, he dishes up a grammar lesson in reaction to her song "#GetItRight."

In the wake of waves of unsolicited letters, comments and critiques that have come Cyrus' way over the past couple months, Stevens' note is a pretty clever twist on the current hysteria surrounding all things Miley.

Writes Stevens:

Dear Miley. I can’t stop listening to #GetItRight (great song, great message, great body), but maybe you need a quick grammar lesson. One particular line causes concern: “I been laying in this bed all night long.” 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.

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He continues:

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. I feel that way all the time. It kind of sucks. But I have a feeling your “present perfect continuous” involves a lot more excitement than mine.

But for every criticism Cyrus draws, the 20-year-old also has her defenders. Among them: Sir Paul McCartney, who recently told Sky News that he found Cyrus' MTV Video Music Awards performance "only mildly shocking." Said the Beatles founder: "Come on, we've seen worse than that! It wasn't explicit at all."

Cyrus' new album Bangerz is expected to debut atop the Billboard 200 album chart with over 250,000 units sold, according to early estimates.

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