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American Sign Language: "negative / minus / con / assignment / grade"

negative / minus / con / assignment / grade

This sign typically means "minus" or "negative" or a bad feature. But, it can also mean "assignment" or "grade." The "grade" version is certainly using a "G" handshape.  But the distinction between an "index finger" handshape and a "G" handshape at this angle is no big deal. The difference between "minus" and "grade" can be as subtle (literally) as a quarter inch bend in the knuckle of the thumb. Your best bet is to pay attention to the context in which this sign appears (as well as the movement) and use the clues altogether to figure out what is meant.



Also see:  MINUS / subtract / take away

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