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American Sign Language: "past" or "before"

 


Also see: Past: "A while ago."


Also see: Past: "A long time ago."


 

PAST:
The sign for "past" is made by moving your dominant hand over your dominant shoulder.  Your palm should face your body. The more emphasis you give the motion and/or the larger movement you use indicates further into the past:



"before"
"last" as in "last night"
previously


Use to be...
A while back...
Back when...





Once upon a time, long, long, ago...
 



Hey man, that's ancient history!


Note: If you mean "before" as in "before you do that you should do this..." you should use the sign PRIOR-before.

 




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