This sign "USE" reminds me of the sign "WORK." Sort of an
initialized version. Except I generally do the sign work with palm-side
of my left hand facing a little more backwards or upwards.
For the sign "USE," the base of the dominant "U"-hand comes
down on the back or side of the base "S"-hand.
This sign is relatively flexible. For example, if you use a relaxed base-hand instead of an "s" hand--nobody cares. Heck, half the time
you just get rid of the left hand altogether and draw two small circles in the
air with the "U"-hand.
Sample sentence, "Do you use deodorant?"
(I get asked this a lot)
The phrase "
use to" has a couple of
different interpretations, for example, consider the sentence: "I used to use
deodorant, but now I'm used to the smell." (Heh.) The first part ("I used
to...") would be interpreted as "PAST." The second part "use deodorant"
can actually drop the sign "use" because the sign "deodorant" implies rubbing it
on or "using it." The last part of the sentence ("...I'm used to the smell")
would be interpreted as "HABIT" which is to say, I've become "accustomed to" the
So the whole sentence would look like: "I PAST DEODORANT, BUT NOW I HABIT
SMELL." Of course you would modify the sign "SMELL" with the appropriate
facial expression, you would also modify the sign HABIT a bit by perhaps
starting with open lose hands that change into "S" hands as the sign progresses