Fail: 130,000 Que. high school diplomas have grammar mistake

(QMI AGENCY FILE PHOTO)

(QMI AGENCY FILE PHOTO)

Sarah-Maude Lefebvre, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:56 AM ET

MONTREAL — Quebec's education ministry admits it gave out 130,000 high school diplomas with one pretty obvious grammatical error on them.

Most of the diplomas were presented in last month's graduation ceremonies across the province, but the error has been there for the past nine months.

Twin sisters noticed the problem after graduating and informed QMI Agency, which called the education department.

The error lies with the fact that verbs in French must agree with either masculine or feminine subjects in a sentence.

The diplomas are signed as if the education minister and deputy minister are both women. That was the case until recently. But nine months ago, a man was appointed deputy minister.

Thus, the verb should have been changed to its masculine spelling since, in French, the male verb is predominant.

"It is so simple. We learn that in high school," said Andréanne Graton, who recently graduated from Collège Laval.


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