How to sign was in American Sign Language

Sign #1 (1 of 1)


"Be" past tense

Sign Instructions:

Begin with your hand next to the side of your mouth with your palm oriented forward. Then, move your hand back to the side of your ear while changing your handshape to a "S" handshape.


Example Video

Tutorial Video

Sequential Image Breakdown

Sequential Breakdown of was

Beginning and End Frames

Beginning of Sign

First Frame of was

End of Sign

Final Frame of was

Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for was
Touch the tips of your thumb and pinky finger together, while extending the other fingers.
Dominant Handshape for was
Make a fist with all fingers curled over the thumb, which is tucked in front of the fingers.

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