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When/why is "ne" used by itself in dependent clauses?

Right after posting the question, I discovered that this is the ne explétif (Expletive ne), which is "used without being needed for the meaning or syntax of a sentence." according to Le Petit Robert ...
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Use of ne point, ne littéraire, ne explétif

What you call the ne littéraire (i.e. a standalone ne with a negative value) is not just literary but standard written (and sometimes spoken) French, although limited to set expressions or some ...
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Quelle est la fonction du "ne" quand il est tout seul?

The ne (without pas) is used here because of the presence of the verb cesser. This is not an explétif {not a non-negative ne} where ne does not negate anything, but rather a formal way of negation ...
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"Nier" utilise-t-il le subjonctif dans des phrases positives et négatives?

Nier est dans la littérature presque exclusivement suivi du subjonctif, pour l'affirmative aussi bien que pour la négative. Les seules exceptions que l'on trouve dans cette liste sont des ...
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Practice with l’imparfait

A few improvements I may suggest you. Pendant mon enfance, ma mère aimait cuisiner (ou faire la cuisine) - les biscuits étaient sa spécialité. Elle les confectionnait pendant les vacances, ou bien ...
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Is "ne" expletive in "elle n’en avait encore presque pas un que je ne lui eusse vu inventer"?

No, it's not expletive. The sentence could translate as : There was almost none of them that I hadn't see her invent "There was none that she didn't invent" is an elaborate (and confusing, I ...
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"Je ne comprends que lorsque" is “ne” the “ne explétif” here?

The ne ... que construct expresses a negative meaning in the same way that "nothing but" does in english. For instance, Je ne mange que des légumes means "I eat nothing but vegetables" Your ...
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When/why is "ne" used by itself in dependent clauses?

this french sentence here, if you translate it, means "He is less spectacular than we think generally". It's mean you are contradictory with your thought and the "ne" here is for proving it. I hope i ...
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Question on ne que

Nostradamus verses isn't an easy path to to learn French. The actual text doesn't contain what you wrote but: La grande peste de cité maritime Ne cessera que mort ne soit vengée Du juste sang, par ...
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When/why is "ne" used by itself in dependent clauses?

In general ne is used in four cases without negative force: With à moins que, de peur (crainte) que; In que clause in comparison; After verb of fearing e.g. craindre; In the structure ne......
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