March 21, 2023

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A French mistake in a government warning

A French mistake in a government warning

The message transmitted by Quebec en Alerte at 6.30pm to announce the curfew surprised more than one person: a long-prepared and revised text contained an error in French.

“Quebec on alert. Curfew is in effect this evening. A fine is prohibited from being outside his residence or his land between 8pm and 5am. Police surveillance has increased. Stay at home and observe curfew to save lives […]“, Is it displayed on the screens of Quebeckers’ cell phones?

However, in the fifth sentence the conjugation error is dropped: the verb “honor” remained infinite and did not conjugate, but in this case, it is imperative that the conjugation be done.

Therefore, Quebeckers should read “Respect Curfew” and “Respect Curfew”.

Internet users have not failed to point out the error on Twitter.

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