How to sign in the past in American Sign Language

Sign #1 (1 of 2)

Sign Instructions:

Begin with your hand in front of your shoulder with your palm oriented backwards. Then move your hand toward your shoulder.

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Sequential Breakdown of in the past

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First Frame of in the past

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Final Frame of in the past

Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for in the past
Extend your fingers and press them together, with your thumb sticking out to the side.
Dominant Handshape for in the past
Extend your thumb outwards at a 90-degree angle, bend the other fingers at the knuckles, keeping them at a 90-degree angle to the palm.

Sign #2 (2 of 2)

Sign Instructions:

With your hand oriented away from yourself, move your hand in a circular motion toward your shoulder a couple of times.

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Example Video

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Sequential Image Breakdown

Sequential Breakdown of in the past

Beginning and End Frames

Beginning of Sign

First Frame of in the past

End of Sign

Final Frame of in the past

Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for in the past
Extend all fingers to show the number five, spreading them out.

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