How to sign before in American Sign Language

Sign #1 (1 of 2)

Sign Instructions:

With your dominant hand behind your non-dominant hand and with the backs of your fingers in contact with each other, move your dominant hand backwards away from your non-dominant hand. The fingertips of your dominant hand should be pointing away from you and your dominant hand's fingertips should be pointing upwards.

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End of Sign

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Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for before
Extend your fingers and press them together, with your thumb sticking out to the side.

Non-Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Non-Dominant Handshape for before
Extend your fingers and press them together, with your thumb sticking out to the side.

Sign #2 (2 of 2)

Sign Instructions:

Place the edge of your fingertips of your dominant hand slightly behind your non-dominant hand. Move your dominant hand backwards towards yourself.

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Sequential Breakdown of before

Beginning and End Frames

Beginning of Sign

First Frame of before

End of Sign

Final Frame of before

Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for before
Extend your fingers and press them together, with your thumb sticking out to the side.

Non-Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Non-Dominant Handshape for before
Extend your fingers and press them together, with your thumb sticking out to the side.

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