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American Sign Language: "to"



<< In a message dated 5/10/2012 6:34:36 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time, Paul Dunn writes:

Dear Dr. Bill,
Just wondering about the sign for "need to." I see the sign for must/have-to, ought-to/should, and need....but what about specifically "need to."
For example, "i need to do my homework" and "i need money" use "need" in slightly different ways. I supposed the homework sentence is the
same as saying "i must do my homework"....either way, I have Deaf friends that all sign "need to" by using the sign for "need" and then
fingerspelling "to." They themselves are not sure if they are using ESL or ASL when doing this.
Thanks!!
- Paul
>>

Dear Paul,
In ASL the sign "NEED" automatically includes the concept of "to." Thus you and your friends do not need to fingerspell nor sign "to" when signing the concept of "need to."
- Dr. Bill

 


 


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