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American Sign Language:  "past" or "before"


Also see: Past: "A while ago."

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


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:

"last" as in "last night"

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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