A discussion regarding the sign for "WOULD"
In a message dated 10/3/2005 6:42:46 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time,
I saw somewhere [on some other website -- not here] that the sign for
"would" is a "W" at the chin (palm towards the face) pulled back an inch
or two then changed to a "D." Any comments on that? ( I don't see a
"would" sign in the ASLU Dictionary
section. However, I was thinking that if we can sign "Should" [by
signing "have to" twice], then we should be able to sign "would." But
what do I know, right?)
The sign you describe is used in Signed English. It is not used
for conversational ASL.
In ASL, the concept of "would" is often expressed indirectly
you use a sign that reflects the intended meaning.
For example suppose you wanted to say:
"I would like to see that movie."
You would sign:
"I WANT SEE THAT"
"I would like you to come" = "I WANT YOU COME"
"I wouldn't know" = I DON'T-KNOW
"I wouldn't mind if you..." = "I DON'T-MIND ..."
"I would never go there" = "I WON'T GO (negative head shake)."
"Who would like one? I would!" = "WHO WANT? "raised hand"
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