How to sign absence in American Sign Language

Sign #1 (1 of 1)

Sign Instructions:

Place your non-dominant hand in front of you and oriented away from yourself. With your dominant hand in a "1" handshape, bring it down and hid the middle finger of your dominant hand.


Example Video

Sequential Image Breakdown

Sequential Breakdown of absence

Beginning and End Frames

Beginning of Sign

First Frame of absence

End of Sign

Final Frame of absence

Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for absence
Extend your index finger straight up, resembling the number one. Fold the other fingers into your palm.

Non-Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Non-Dominant Handshape for absence
Extend all fingers and spread them out, with the middle finger slightly extended forward.

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