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11-year-old boy corrects Justin Bieber’s grammar

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LOS ANGELES — A 11-year-old boy has called attention to a grammatical error in singer Justin Bieber’s song ‘ Boyfriend’. The boy particularly takes issue with the line, ‘If I was your boyfriend, I’d never let you go’.

The boy from Cornwall wrote a letter to the ‘Sorry’ singer to pick him up on the grammatical mistake he repeatedly made in the 2012 hit, Boyfriend.

In his letter, posted on Facebook by his teacher, he called attention to that the particular line ‘used subjunctive mood incorrectly’, reports aceshowbiz.com.

“The correct lyrics should, in fact be, ‘If I were your boyfriend’. This is a very common mistake made by the general public today; however, if role models (and popular singer/song-writers) such as you cannot use it, why should we make the effort to study and use such grammatical forms correctly?”

The boy added that he is disappointed that Bieber is ‘unable to follow what is considered to be the basics of the English language’.

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Maldives opposition legislator Ibrahim Mohamed Solih wins presidency

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MALE — Maldives opposition legislator Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has beaten incumbent Abdulla Yameen according to provisional results, the country’s Elections Commission says.

Results released by the Elections Commission showed Mr Solih securing 133,808 votes (58.3 percent) compared to the 95,526 for incumbent Abdulla Yameen. The voter turnout was over 88 per cent out of the 262,000-strong electorate.

The Maldives government has acknowledged the opposition’s victory after the vote on Sunday, a surprise defeat for President Abdulla Yameen who was widely expected to win.

There were no other candidates.

Mr Solih had the backing of a united opposition trying to oust Mr Yameen, but struggled for visibility with the electorate, with local media fearful of falling afoul of heavy-handed decrees and reporting restrictions.

“I call on Yameen to respect the will of the people and bring about a peaceful, smooth transfer of power,” Solih said on television, shortly after interim results from the country’s election commission.

“We have won this election with a comfortable majority,” Solih said.

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