The right sign for "didn't" depends on the situation.
● Often the concept of "didn't" is
expressed via a negative shake of the head while
signing that which you didn't do or which didn't happen.
For example, to sign, "I didn't go" -- you would shake
your head negatively while signing "GO."
This is sometimes written (glossed) as "PRO-1 GO-[neg]"
That "PRO-1" can be thought of as meaning "first person pronoun"
which means "I or me."
In addition to using the negative head shake you can
add the "NOT" sign to your sentence.
For example: "PRO-1 NOT GO-[neg]."
● Sometimes the concept of "didn't"
is incorporated into the movement of the sign. This happens with the
WANT + a reversal
of orientation becomes "don't-WANT" -- which can be included in such
sentences as: "PRO-3 don't-WANT GO" -- which could be interpreted
as, "He (or she) didn't want to go."
KNOW + a reversal of orientation
-- which can be included in such sentences as: "PRO-3 don't-KNOW
HOW" -- which could be interpreted as, "He (or she) didn't know
LIKE + a reversal of orientation
becomes "don't-LIKE"-- which can be included in such sentences as:
"PRO-3 don't-LIKE I-T" -- which could be interpreted as, "He (or
she) didn't like it."
way the "didn't" concept might come up is in the sign for
"don't-MIND." If asked if you found something annoying
(BOTHER), you might reply "I don't-MIND" which could be interpreted
as "I didn't mind it."
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