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STORE: The American Sign Language (ASL) sign for "store"


There are different ways to sign the word "store" depending on your meaning. 

If you mean "store" as in a retail establishment selling items to the public you can use the sign we often just label as "STORE."  Perhaps a better label would be: STORE-[retail-establishment]
 

The sign for "store" (as in a place that sells things) is made by forming both hands into flattened-O shapes (as if you were holding a sheet of paper) with the hands pointing downward.
Pivot both of your hands forward (away from your body) twice.

The fingertips swing forward and back a couple times. The thumbs are touching the fingers as if you were holding a piece of paper.

STORE-[retail-establishment]

 


In general the double movement makes this sign a noun.   If you use a single motion, this sign means "sell."  I've noticed though, that quite a few signers use the single motion to mean "store" and use the double motion to mean, "selling."  This is opposite the "noun/verb pair" principle.  So, even though I still teach that the "right" way to sign "store" (with a double motion), I also encourage you to be flexible in the "real world."

 

 


"What is your favorite store?" = YOUR FAVORITE STORE, WHAT?
 

 

 


 

If you mean "store" as in "storage" then use the version of "save" that means "to store" (as in storage).
 



 

Notes: 

Not required reading for a basic ASL class but if you are interested in reading about ASL grammar then see:  The myth of "STORE, I GO."

 




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