How to sign early in American Sign Language

Sign #1 (1 of 2)

Sign Instructions:

Place your dominant hand in front of you. Your dominant hand should begin with its middle finger on top of the back of the non-dominant hand. Move your dominant hand forward and slightly rotate it up as you move it forward.

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End of Sign

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Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for early
Extend all fingers and spread them out, with the middle finger slightly extended forward.

Non-Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Non-Dominant Handshape for early
Make a fist with all fingers curled over the thumb, which is tucked in front of the fingers.

Sign #2 (2 of 2)

Sign Instructions:

Place your non-dominant in front of you with your palm oriented downwards. Begin with the middle finger of your dominant hand on top of the other hand. Then, move the dominant hand backwards and curl in your middle finger as you do this motion.

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Sequential Breakdown of early

Beginning and End Frames

Beginning of Sign

First Frame of early

End of Sign

Final Frame of early

Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for early
Extend all fingers and spread them out, with the middle finger slightly extended forward.

Non-Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Non-Dominant Handshape for early
Make a fist with all fingers curled over the thumb, which is tucked in front of the fingers.

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