The word "check" has many different meanings and can be expressed in
a variety of ways in ASL. Make sure to match your sign to your
If you mean "check" as in "I will check with my supervisor and get
back to you," "The teacher checked her student's paper," or "Check
the fridge to see if we have milk" then you can use the
If you mean "check" as in "investigate," "look-into,"
"research," or "verify,"
you can do the version of this sign that uses an index finger on the
dominant hand and a "flat" handshape on the non-dominant hand
and a double movement. See "INVESTIGATE"
If you mean "cheque" (as in a bank draft) or if you want to refer to an envelope or
a card of some type you can
use your index fingers and thumbs to draw a rectangle in the air that is
about the size of the item you are representing.
RECTANGLE (check/cheque, envelope, card, etc.)
CHECK (version 2)
Place a downturned "C" hand on the palm-up left flat-hand. Slide the "C" hand
forward a few inches.
Note: This sign happens to also be one of the versions of the sign "CAKE."
If you mean "check" as in
"I spent all weekend checking my student's papers," you
might wish to use a certain sign that means "correcting." The sign
I'm talking about is actually based on the sign for "cancel."
Yes, I know, it is a bit weird but it is true, the concepts of "to
correct something" and "to cancel something" as well as the concept
of "criticize" all use the same sign which is done by using the tip
of your index finger to draw an "X" on your non-dominant palm.
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