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American Sign Language: "pair"


The sign for pair depends on your meaning.

Sometimes the topic and other signs in the sentence do not require a separate sign for "pair."  For example, "a pair of socks."   By default the sign SOCKS is considered to refer to two socks, not just one. So in that case we don't use a separate sign for "pair."

Consider the phrase, "Those two make a cute pair."  We would sign that as, "THEY-2 CUTE" or "THEY-2 CUTE TOGETHER."  Thus the concept of "pair" is conveyed via the sign THEY-2.



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