American Sign Language For Dummies with Online Videos
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Some nouns and verbs in American Sign Language (ASL) share the same handshapes. You distinguish the part of speech by signing the motion once if it’s a verb and twice if it’s a noun. Although most nouns don’t have a verb that looks the same, all but a few nouns need the double motion.

This table includes a few common noun and verb pairs.


The following examples compare the noun/verb differences:

  • English: Please sit in this chair.

    Sign: THIS CHAIR (point) — PLEASE — SIT

  • English: I like to fly small planes.



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Adan R. Penilla II, PhD, NIC, NAD IV, CI/CT, SC:L, ASLTA, teaches American Sign Language at Colorado State University and is a freelance interpreter for the Colorado court system. Angela Lee Taylor has taught ASL for Pikes Peak Community College and the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind.

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