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American Sign Language: "negative / minus / con"

Compare with: grade
Compare with: assignment

This sign typically means "minus" or "negative" or a bad feature. But, you might also see a version of it used to mean "assignment" or "grade." The "grade" version is uses a "G" handshape.  But the distinction between an "index finger" handshape (with slightly wrapped thumb) and a "G" handshape is very subtle. The difference between "minus" and "grade" can be as small as a quarter inch bend in the knuckle of the thumb. Your best bet is to pay attention to the context in which this sign appears (as well as the movement) and use contextual clues to figure out what is meant.



Also see:  MINUS / subtract / take away

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