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American Sign Language: "same"


The sign for "same" as in, "These two things are the same" can also mean: similar, same as, and alike. You slide a "Y" handshape back and forth between the two items you are comparing.

SAME:

 


The sign for same is "directional." By that I mean, the direction in which you do the sign can provide information about the subject and object of the verb. For example, if I slide the "Y" hand back and forth between you and me the sign can mean: "me too"  "you and me, both"  "I agree with you" "I'm similar to you"  You don't have to add a separate "ME" or a separate "YOU" sign, the meaning is created by the direction of the sign.

SAME: "Me too."



There is a generic sign for "SAME."  I call it the "ALSO" sign since it is commonly used to mean "also." To sign "ALSO" you'd bring the index fingers together in front of you (slightly off to the right).  Then you'd separate the hands again and shift a few inches to your left.  Then you bring the index fingers together again. Some people don't do the sideways relocation of the sign and just touch the fingers togehter twice as I'm showing here.

ALSO:

 


Also see: LOOK-LIKE



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