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American Sign Language: "enough"

FULL uses a single motion that moves back toward you. (If my cup is full I spill it on me).
ENOUGH uses a double motion that moves forward toward the other person. (If I have enough I can share it with you.)
PLENTY uses a single exaggerated motion with the fingers wiggling as if representing an overflowing cup.

The right hand brushes once or twice over the left fist.

Sample sentence:
Did you get enough to eat? / Have you had enough food? / Is there enough food?





In a message dated 10/15/2004 7:31:27 AM Pacific Daylight Time, from Indiana asks:
Is the sign "FULL" interchangeable with the sign for full that is dominant hand palm down and moved from mid-abdomen to chin? Or are they different kinds of full? Or, is it an "Indiana" thing?
No.  These are two different concepts:  FULL-(general) and "full"-(of food, "had it up to here) are not interchangeable.
 "Full"-(of food, "had it up to here") is only used for concepts like "I can't eat any more" or "I've had it up to here with you!"-(requires proper facial expression "angry")



In a message dated 4/21/2005 7:02:39 AM Pacific Daylight Time, a student writes:
When signing "good-enough" do u sign good and then enough?
Response:  Sort of. What you do is you combine the two signs into one smooth movement.
It actually looks as if you were signing "BAD-ENOUGH" because the dominant hand twists palm downward as it changes into the sign for ENOUGH.  Note: In this "compound version" of "GOOD-ENOUGH" the sign for "ENOUGH" only uses a single movement.  You use the first part of the sign GOOD and the last part of the sign ENOUGH.


Sample sentence:

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