Noun-Verb Pairs | ASL – American Sign Language
August 14, 2019
Hello! In ASL when you sign, you will see that some of the signs’ movement will show whether it is one of these two: a person, object, or place, namely the noun category or the second category consisting of actions which are verbs. If you look at the signs closely, you will know which category it belongs to. The signs in the category of nouns will have short repeated movements. While on the other hand, the verbs typically have one big movement. Now, for example DOOR
(noun) This is for hearing people who use phones. CALL-HIM/HER
(verb) CALL HIM/HER and CALL-ME
(the Deaf way using TTY) CAR
(verb) You can see the difference between these two groups of signs. The nouns usually have small repeated movements like PLANE, PHONE, DOOR, CHAIR, and BOOK. That is for the group of nouns. Now, as for verbs, these typically have a bigger movement that happens once. Like OPEN-DOOR, CLOSE-DOOR, SIT, CLOSE-BOOK, FLY-THERE, and DRIVE-THERE. You can see the difference between these two categories of signs and identify which is which. Whether it is a part of the group of people, objects, and places. Or if it is a part of the group of actions which are verbs. You would know if the sign is a noun or verb by its movement. Ok good. ASL THAT!