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ASL: then


Before deciding to do a specific sign for the concept of "then" you should consider whether or not the sign is needed at all.

It is common to tell narratives in ASL in chronological order (the order in time in which the story happened). If your story is being told in chronological order it typically isn't necessary to add a separate sign for "then."  For example: I DROVE-to STORE [location on left] DROVE-to LIBRARY [location on right] DROVE-to-[directional near body] HOME.  It is obvious that after you drove to the store you drove to the library. There is no need to add the sign THEN unless there was some sort of uncertainty and you wish to make it very clear.

The American Sign Language sign for THEN is done by holding your non-dominant hand in front of you in an "L" hand shape with the index finger pointing generally forward, the thumb pointing generally up.  Touch the pad of the dominant hand index finger (the fingerprint area) to the tip or pad (thumbprint area) of the non-dominant hand thumb and then touch the dominant hand index finger to the non-dominant hand index finger near the tips of each finger (typically around the area of the the small knuckle*).






*The small knuckle is also termed the "distal inter-phalangeal joint." It is the knuckle on each finger that is closest to the tip of the finger.


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