How to sign purpose in American Sign Language

Sign #1 (1 of 1)

Sign Instructions:

This sign is a combination of the signs for "think" and "mean".


Example Video

Tutorial Video

Sequential Image Breakdown

Sequential Breakdown of purpose

Beginning and End Frames

Beginning of Sign

First Frame of purpose

End of Sign

Final Frame of purpose

Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for purpose
Extend your index finger straight up, resembling the number one. Fold the other fingers into your palm.
Dominant Handshape for purpose
Extend your index and middle fingers straight up, folding the thumb and the other fingers into the palm.

Non-Dominant Handshapes for this sign

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

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