I have come across the use of 'ne' without any other word to complete the negation (like pas, plus, rien, jamais, etc) and i was wondering what it means. I vaguely remember reading somewhere, perhaps years ago, that it can be used for formal writing and it does not negate the sentence, but I am not sure. Any help would be appreciated.
'il ne saurait exiger la communication d'un projet de status...'
It is in reference to the formation of a french corporation.
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FR: plus <adjectif> que + (ne) (le) - "ne" explétif & pronom
FR: avant que (ne) - "ne" explétif après les conjonctions suivies du subjonctif
FR: savoir, pouvoir, oser, cesser - "ne" without "pas" in negative
FR: "pas" without "ne" - omitting "ne" in casual negation