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American Sign Language:  "sit" "sitting"

The sign for "sit" uses a single motion.  This is part of a noun/verb pair.  If you use a double motion it means "chair."


SIT (anxious version 1):


SIT (anxious version 2):


Think of the right hand as representing the legs of a person. If you were to show that person shifting uneasily from side to side in a "chair" it would mean "anxious."  You can sign ANXIOUS by holding your hands like you do for the sign "SIT," then twist your dominant hand to the right and  then to the left so that your index and middle finger alternate being lifted off of the left "H" (palm down) hand a couple of times.
Click here for an example: YOU FEEL ANXIOUS, WHEN? (When do you feel anxious?)

Note: A "small animal sitting" would not use the traditional "SIT" sign. Instead you would use a "bent-V" hand.




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