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American Sign Language: "hour"

The sign for "hour" represents the movement of the "minute hand" of a clock going around one-time. Assuming you are right handed: The right hand is the "minute" hand. The left hand is the face of the clock. 



Sample sentence: "How many hours equals one day?"



Here is another version of hour.  I don't do this version much because I don't need the stress on my joints and I'm not a fan of "carpal tunnel syndrome."

HOUR (twisting wrist version)


The sign "HOUR" can make use of "numerical incorporation."  To sign "2 hours" you can "incorporate" the "two" handshape into the sign for "hour."




You can express the concept of a "half hour" by showing the minute hand having moved "half way" (or 30 minutes) around the face of a clock.

HALF-HOUR (version 1):



HALF-HOUR (version 2):



You can incorporate the number of hours into the sign for hour when discussing hours 1 through 9. More than 10 hours is not incorporated into the sign.

For example: 6 hours

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