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American Sign Language: "give"

The sign for "give" depends on your meaning.  GIVE is a "directional verb."  Directional verbs are signs that  incorporate information about the subject and object (the doer and receiver of the action).  That means you don't have to use a separate sign for the subject and/or object when you use a directional verb.  This is known as "agreement."  Or "subject-object agreement."

me-GIVE-you (version 1) "hand to"



me-GIVE-you (two handed version)

GIVE-you (version 2)
This version of the sign give uses an "x" handshape.


GIVE-you (two handed "x" handshape version)



If I wanted to indicate "HE GAVE IT TO ME," all I'd need to do is start the sign "GIVE" from a location that is farther away from my body and end the sign nearer to my body.


GIVE-to-everyone / "pass out" / distribute


Also see: GRANT

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