The right sign for "distance" depends on your situation.
Probably the closest
ASL equivalent to the English concept of "distance" is the sign FAR.
FAR (general version)
THERE-(very close by) "right there"
THERE-(fairly close by)
THERE-(moderately close by) "over there a short ways"
THERE-(very far away)
If you mean "distance" as in "size or measurement" then you should
use the "SIZE" sign.
Note: Those are "Y" handshapes not "i" handshapes. (Make sure to
stick out your pinkies.)
If you mean distance as in the width between two items you might
want to use a version of the sign "BIG" (the version that uses "flat
hands"). Perhaps a better description of that version would be to
call it the sign for WIDTH. I'd change the facial expression into
furrowed brows if I wanted to ask "How wide?"
Also see: MEASURE
Also see: BIG
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