Sufjan Stevens Pens An Open Letter to Miley Cyrus About Her Grammar

Miley gets a grammar lesson from Sufjan Stevens.

Miley gets a grammar lesson from Sufjan Stevens.

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In an unsurprising turn of events, Miley Cyrus has received yet another open letter.

This one, not from Sinead O’Connor (well, technically she got one today from Sinead, but that’s besides the point) comes from musician Sufjan Stevens, who teasingly pokes fun at the grammar of one of Miley’s songs.

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“Dear Miley, I can’t stop listening to #GetItRight (great song, great message, great body), but maybe you need a quick grammar lesson,” he wrote on his blog. “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.”

Okay, this may be our inner grammar nerd (read: snob) speaking, but we kind of love this—this is definitely the kind of open letter we can get behind.

Sufjan goes easy on Miley—and reminds her that even literary great Faulkner got it wrong—and offers Miley a lesson in the present perfect continuous participle (in short: the verb form that follows have/has been, such as “you have been reading this article).

“Anyway, doesn’t that also sum up your career right now? Present. Perfect. Continuous. And tense,” he wrote. “Intense? Girl, you work it like Mike Tyson.”

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Sufjan is so kind in his teaching that we’re pretty sure we can hear Hannah Montana’s classic “Nobody’s Perfect” playing quietly in the background.

In closing, Sufjan explained his love for Miley.

“Miley, I love you because you’re the queen, grammatically and anatomically speaking,” he wrote. “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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