NUMBERS 1- 5:
When done as casual, isolated signs, numbers "1 through 5" are typically produced palm-back by native Deaf adult signers. For example, if someone asks you how many brothers you have and you have "2" then you would reply by holding up the number 2 with the palm facing backward.
However, the palm should be forward when doing a two-or-more-digit number such as "53," or a series of numbers such as a phone number, the time of day, ages, and if you are trying to emphasize a point. Tip: During class sign however your local teacher wants you to for your grade. Out of class pattern your signing on local native Deaf adult signers.
#'s 1 through 5:
NOTE: When done as part of a series, numbers 1 through five are
generally done palm forward. For example, numbers such as a phone
number, an identification number, a social security number, etc. are
generally all done palm forward.
When we are signing a series of numbers (such as a phone number) we do the numbers 1 through 5 palm forward.
We also do 1 through 5 palm forward when they are part of multiple digit
numbers such as "51."
Using the same hand you would show a 5 and then a 1 (very quickly).
Numbers 1-10 / 11-20 / 21-30 / 31-40 / 41-50 / 100-900 / 1000 and up / Fractions / Discussion
Various examples: 100 / 1000000 / 1000 variation / 1000 variation / 100 "c" variation / 200 / 2000 / 23 / 2,397 / 25 / 300 / 34 / 35 / 400 / 40s / 41-50 / 500 / 600 / 700 / 800 / 900
Also see: Numerical Incorporation
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