How to sign back and forth in American Sign Language

Sign #1 (1 of 2)

Definition:

Moving points

Sign Instructions:

Place your hand in front of you with your palm oriented downward. Then, rotate your wrist back and forth a couple of times, moving your hand from side to side.

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Sequential Breakdown of back and forth

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First Frame of back and forth

End of Sign

Final Frame of back and forth

Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for back and forth
Extend your index and middle fingers with a slight curl, folding the other fingers into your palm.

Sign #2 (2 of 2)

Definition:

Opposite directions

Sign Instructions:

Place both hands in front of you with your dominant hand above your non-dominant hand. The palm of your dominant hand should be oriented downward and your non-dominant hand should be oriented towards yourself with your index and middle finger pointing up. Rotate your dominant wrist back and forth with your index and middle fingers moving back and forth above your index and middle fingers.

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Sequential Image Breakdown

Sequential Breakdown of back and forth

Beginning and End Frames

Beginning of Sign

First Frame of back and forth

End of Sign

Final Frame of back and forth

Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for back and forth
Extend your index and middle fingers with a slight curl, folding the other fingers into your palm.

Non-Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Non-Dominant Handshape for back and forth
Extend your index and middle fingers straight up, folding the thumb and the other fingers into the palm.

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