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American Sign Language: "eat"

Use a squished "O" hand as if stuffing a piece of food into your mouth.  (Keep your mouth closed though. Thanks.)





If there are several people and/or a lot of eating going on you might see EAT done with two hands:

"Last night my family ate popcorn and watched a movie."


The sign for "eat" and the sign for "food" are used pretty much interchangeably.  Technically the sign eat should be a single motion, and the sign for food should be a double motion (if you consider these signs a noun/verb pair).  But what about the concept of "eating?"  I use a double motion to indicate a process is taking place. How about "pig out?" For that I use both hands.  In any case, I wouldn't get uptight about this sign.  If your teacher wants it one way or the it his/her way.  If you get corrected by a Deaf person, just smile and try to remember to sign it that way around that person.

Sentence: "What is your favorite food?"




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