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Sentence types in American Sign Language (ASL)

Sentences are made up of phrases and clauses. Phrases are groups of words that are used together to express a certain idea; clauses are phrases that contain a verb. Below are some types of sentences.

Declarative sentences

Declarative sentences are statements. These sentences are sometimes referred to as "positive" sentences to distinguish them from negative sentences.

ASL sentence example: ix-me like his writing #style.

Negative sentences

Negative sentences express a negation.

ASL sentence example: ix-me not like his writing #style.

Interrogative sentences

Interrogative sentences are questions.

ASL sentence example: [t]book[t] ix-ref1 ref1-give-ref2 /\done wg-q/\. English translation: Has she give him a book?

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