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ASL: "Infinitive Form" doesn't require a separate marker.  Prepositions are often incorporated into signs.

 

In American Sign Language (ASL) the infinitive marker "to" and various prepositions are often dropped or incorporated within the meaning of signs.

For example:

ASK-to
BITE-into
CALL-to
CALL-from
CHAT-with
CLOSE-to
DIVE-into (the water)
DRIVE-from

DRIVE-to
ELECTRONIC-MESSAGE-to-[flick-version]
EMAIL-from
EMAIL-to
FALL-off-of (a building)
FALL-off-of (a chair)
FALL-off-of (a horse)
FAR-away-from
FAR-from
FAR-to
FLY-to
FLY-from
GIVE-to
GO-go
LOOK-at
LOOK-down
LOOK-up-at
MOVE-to
NEAR-by
NEED-to (have to)
PULL-on
PUT-in
SEARCH-for
STAY-at
TAKE-from
TELL-to
TOGETHER-with
WANT-to
YELL-at

And of course, depictive signing (classifiers) often incorporates prepositional meaning -- for example, the concept of "be at" (be in a certain location in relation to other concepts in your sentence).

CL:11-(walk-with) Using two index fingers to show two individuals walking along together
 



 

Notes: 
Also in this same vein is the concept of "FROM."
For example:
where-FROM (You don't need to sign "where" when doing the sign FROM).
come-FROM  (You don't need to sign "come" when signing FROM).

way-over-THERE-(arched-extended-pointing-gesture) (The concept of "way over" should be incorporated into the sign "THERE" by modifying the way you sign THERE.)

 

BATHROOM incorporates "go to."  For example:  "I am going to go to the bathroom" is signed "I BATHROOM."

 




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