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?

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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

  • (Do you pronounce the liaison on jamais allé ? Guessing no.) Dec 1, 2015 at 21:12
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    Yes. And it will sound like a Z. Dec 1, 2015 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, 2015 at 8:44
  • Wouldn't a more idiomatic order of words be jamais encore instead of encore jamais?
    – Vlammuh
    Dec 2, 2015 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. Aug 5, 2017 at 20:23

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