Level: General

Adjectives in Sign Language

An adjective is a word or a set of words that modifies (i.e. describes) a noun or a pronoun.

In English, adjectives in English usually precedes a noun (in a noun phrase) which it modifies. They may also follow the verb they modify. On the other hand, in French, adjectives may be placed before or after the noun, depending on what their rules are. Likewise, adjectives in ASL can also appear either before or after the noun or pronoun, depending on how their sentences are structured.

Examples of adjectives in ASL: red, curly, beautiful, small, etc.

Examples of adjectives in sentences:

For the adjective "cute", /\THAT PUPPY SO CUTE! (That puppy is so cute!)

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