How to sign what for in American Sign Language

Sign #1 (1 of 1)


Reason or purpose inquiry

Sign Instructions:

Begin with your hand next to your forehead with your palm oriented down and your index finger pointing at your head. Then, rotate your wrist from side to side a couple of times, making your index finger move back and forth next to your head.


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Sequential Image Breakdown

Sequential Breakdown of what for

Beginning and End Frames

Beginning of Sign

First Frame of what for

End of Sign

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Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for what for
Extend your index finger straight up, resembling the number one. Fold the other fingers into your palm.

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