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Princeton Review to Swift: Your Grammar Still Stinks

Though test prep company is sorry it misquoted her
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 25, 2015 10:17 AM CDT
Updated Mar 25, 2015 10:53 AM CDT

(Newser) – Taylor Swift called out the Princeton Review this week for misquoting her lyrics and accusing her of using bad grammar, and yesterday the test prep company told MTV that, while it's sorry for the misquote, it stands by the poor-grammar claim. The "Fifteen" lyric, as quoted in the SAT prep book, was: "Somebody tells you they love you, you got to believe 'em." The actual lyric, "Somebody tells you they love you, you're gonna believe them," is equally wrong, says a Princeton Review rep. "If we look at the whole sentence, it starts off with 'somebody,' and ‘somebody,' as you know, is a singular pronoun and if it's singular, the rest of the sentence has to be singular," he explains.

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So the grammatically correct version of the lyric would be: "Somebody tells you he/she loves you, you're gonna believe him/her" or "Some people tell you they love you, you're gonna believe them." Even so, Princeton Review feels bad enough about the misquote that it tweeted yesterday, "Sorry @taylorswift13! We'll make it up to you. Pick a #grammar lover fan. 2 tickets to a U.S. show on us!" (Who's Swift's latest rumored boy toy? Click to find out.)

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