Taylor Swift has received an apology from The Princeton Review after the test preparation firm misquoting one of her lyrics in a study guide.
The singer took to Tumblr earlier this week to criticise the company after it published an exercise in identifying bad grammar that featured lyrics from various pop songs, including the singer’s ‘Fifteen’. However, the test misquoted Swift’s words.
“Pop lyrics are a great source of bad grammar,” wrote the authors. “See if you can find the error in each of the following.”
The exercise then reads “Somebody tells you they love you, you got to believe ’em.” The actual line is, “Somebody tells you they love you, you’re gonna believe them.”
The mistake came to Swift’s attention when a fan posted the test on Tumblr. Responding via her own blog, the ‘Shake It Off’ artist wrote: “Not the right lyrics at all pssshhhh. You had one job, test people. One job.”
The Princeton Review has now taken to Twitter to apologise for the gaffe, jokingly including a picture of a crudely corrected copy of the exercise. They also asked Swift to select a grammar-loving fan to receive two tickets to one of her shows that the company will pay for.
— The Princeton Review (@ThePrincetonRev) March 24, 2015
The singer has also received an apology from The Princeton Review’s SVP-publisher Rob Franek, though did he point out that the original lyric might not actually be grammatically correct.
“I want to make sure that folks know that we’re big Taylor Swift fans and that we apologise for the misrepresentation in the lyric,” he told MTV News.
“I appreciate her response, but the question on the grammar still holds true.
“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.”