How to sign not in American Sign Language

Sign #1 (1 of 1)


Negation or contraction

Sign Instructions:

Making an "A" handshape, beginning with your thumb touching the bottom of your chin. Move your hand forward and then down, starting with your forearm in a more vertical position and then ending in a more horizontal position.


Example Video

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Sequential Image Breakdown

Sequential Breakdown of not

Beginning and End Frames

Beginning of Sign

First Frame of not

End of Sign

Final Frame of not

Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for not
Make a fist with all fingers curled in and the thumb pressed against the index finger.

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