FR: Missing "pas" in a negative sentence

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Leroymerlin

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Polish, Mazovian
Hello,

I could not find any rule that would make it possible to ommit "pas" in a negative sentence. However, I've found at least two sentences written by native speakers that don't include it:

1. Pourtant, je ne pouvais me résoudre à cette idée.

2. Marie-Antoinette : Je ne peux m’y résoudre ! Je reviendrai, je vous le promets.

Could anyone explain to me why these sentences have the "pas" missing?

Many thanks in advance,
Leroy
 
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