Superlative adjectives in sign language

Superlative adjectives are used to describe or express the extreme or highest degree of a quality or quantity of a thing in comparison to a group of other things. They are used when talking about three or more things (not two things).

E.g. the tallest, the easiest, the oldest, the most expensive, the worst, etc.

Some possible vocabulary for the superlative adjectives in ASL are: BEST, TOP, FIRST, MOST-end (-EST), WORST, ALL-OVER.

Superlative Adjective: examples

Let's look some example of sentences in English and how to sign them in ASL equivalent. These ASL expressions are not the only ways; there may be variants.

This tutorial may be suitable for ASL level 200. If you're in the intermediate level, try this exercise -- for each, read the English sentence and try to produce a sentence in ASL yourself before you play the video.

Quickly review a few transcription symbols. When you see the symbol /\, it means raised eyebrows. Conversely, \/ (upside down) indicates burrowed eyebrows. It is often used in topicalization or OSV (Object-Subject-Verb) sentence structure. The symbol | between two glosses is used for contrastive structure. Remember that glosses in capital letters of words are not a translation. They only represent the signs, not meanings.

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