In ex mode,i get the value for set fileencoding.

set fileencoding?

How can assign str with the value utf-8 and print it?

let str=`set fileencoding?`  #it is a wrong statement,i just want to express my meaning
echo str
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    :h :let-option Nov 26, 2020 at 9:20
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    let str = &fileencoding.
    – jdhao
    Nov 26, 2020 at 10:04

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You can use the & prefix to refer to option values as part of Vimscript expressions (or to set them using let statements.)

See :help :let-option for more details.

In your specific case, you can use:

let str = &fileencoding

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