How to sign why in American Sign Language

Sign #1 (1 of 2)

Sign Instructions:

Begin with your middle finger touching the side of your forehead. Then, move your hand down and slightly away from yourself while curling in your middle finger.

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Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for why
Extend all fingers to show the number five, spreading them out.
Dominant Handshape for why
Extend all fingers and spread them out, with the middle finger slightly extended forward.

Sign #2 (2 of 2)

Definition:

Reason or disbelief expression

Sign Instructions:

Begin with your hand next to the side of your forehead with your middle finger pointing at your head and your palm oriented toward yourself. Then, bend down your middle finger a couple of times.

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Example Video

Tutorial Video

Sequential Image Breakdown

Sequential Breakdown of why

Beginning and End Frames

Beginning of Sign

First Frame of why

End of Sign

Final Frame of why

Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for why
Extend all fingers to show the number five, spreading them out.
Dominant Handshape for why
Extend all fingers and spread them out, with the middle finger slightly extended forward.

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