The purpose of the word "the" is usually to identify or specify a particular
noun. ASL has a variety of ways to specify nouns and/or to identify
ASL doesn't use a specific sign for the word "the." The right way to
express the concept of "the" in ASL depends on your meaning.
Note: Signed English does have a specific sign for "THE" but that sign is
not commonly used by adult native Deaf signers.
Here I'll share with you some of the more common ASL methods of specifying nouns
or referring to particular nouns.
INDEXING / pointing:
IT / HE / SHE / THERE / "the one that is right there"
THERE: "that one there"
On first reference it helps to glance briefly at the object or place while
pointing at it (if it is in view).
Also see: INDEXING
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