How to sign approve in American Sign Language

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Sign Instructions:

Begin with your dominant hand above your non-dominant hand. Your non-dominant hand should be oriented towards your dominant hand. Move your dominant hand down to the palm of your non-dominant hand while changing your handshape from an "S" handshape to a "K" handshape.


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Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for approve
Make a fist with all fingers curled over the thumb, which is tucked in front of the fingers.
Dominant Handshape for approve
Extend the index and middle fingers in a 'V' shape, tucking the thumb in between the index and middle fingers, and folding the ring and pinky fingers into the palm.

Non-Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Non-Dominant Handshape for approve
Extend your fingers and press them together, with your thumb sticking out to the side.

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