How to sign still in American Sign Language

Sign #1 (1 of 3)

Definition:

Silent or motionless

Sign Instructions:

Begin with both hands in front of your mouth with dominant hand touching your mouth and you non-dominant hand in front of your dominant hand.

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Dominant Handshapes for this sign

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

Sign #2 (2 of 3)

Definition:

Continuing situation

Sign Instructions:

Begin with both hands in front of you with your palms oriented towards yourself. Rotate your wrists and move your hands forward until your palms are oriented away from yourself.

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Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for still
Extend the thumb and pinky finger straight out, folding the other fingers into the palm.

Non-Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Non-Dominant Handshape for still
Extend the thumb and pinky finger straight out, folding the other fingers into the palm.

Sign #3 (3 of 3)

Definition:

Continuing action

Sign Instructions:

Begin with both hands in front of you with your palms oriented down. Rotate your wrists and move your hands forward until your palms are oriented away from yourself.

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Example Video

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Beginning and End Frames

Beginning of Sign

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End of Sign

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Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for still
Extend the thumb and pinky finger straight out, folding the other fingers into the palm.

Non-Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Non-Dominant Handshape for still
Extend the thumb and pinky finger straight out, folding the other fingers into the palm.

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