I would have translated "I have never visited France" as Je n'ai jamais visité la France, but apparently you could just as easily say Je n'ai encore jamais visité la France.

But what's the difference? Do the two sentences mean the same thing?


encore can be translated in this context as yet, implying that you intend to go one day.

I think a French speaker would rather say:
Je ne suis jamais allé en France → I've never been to France
Je ne suis encore jamais allé en France → I've never been to France yet

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  • (Do you pronounce the liaison on jamais allé ? Guessing no.) – temporary_user_name Dec 1 '15 at 21:12
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    Yes. And it will sound like a Z. – Xavier Nicollet Dec 1 '15 at 21:16
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    In spoken french, the liaison may be ommited, you may hear "J'sui encore jamai allé en France" – Random Dec 2 '15 at 8:44
  • Wouldn't a more idiomatic order of words be jamais encore instead of encore jamais? – Vlammuh Dec 2 '15 at 21:22
  • No "je ne suis jamais encore alle en France" would sound weird. If anyone would say that (we sometimes speak fast), everybody would understand though. – Xavier Nicollet Aug 5 '17 at 20:23

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