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I would phrase this sentence as "de ne pas pouvoir" or "de pas pouvoir", but I have never seen the "de ne pouvoir" construction like this. In what circumstances can you get away with only using "ne"?


« Elle a regretté de ne pouvoir faire ses adieux. »

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Thank you for the link. Unfortunately, my French is not too advanced yet to capture the minute details of the answers there written in French.

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It is formal language. It is used to clarify and emphasize the negative. See also :

Why is the "pas" missing?

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