Does grammar really matter?

English classes in Japan often focus very myopically on the memorization of grammar rules. Sure, those rules are good to know, but not at the expense of understanding how people actually communicate. Taylor Swift agrees. She doesn’t care that some of her lyrics may not pass the Princeton Review test, and I’m sure her fans don’t either.

This story is also a good reminder about quoting people. If you use a quotation in your own research and writing, make sure you copy it down correctly.

“Do Not Insult Taylor Swift’s Grammar” (from Elle)

“Taylor Swift Calls Out Princeton Review for Misquoting Her Lyrics” (from Billboard)

Ready to practice your English listening with songs (even if the grammar is incorrect)? Don’t forget about the Lyrics Training site. You’ll find Taylor Swift on there, as well as many, many other songs.


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