This describes how to tell time (o'clock) in ASL in the right form as well as telling how long.
The signed phrase above contain two parts: time and three for three o'clock or 3:00.
A general format for expressing time in ASL shows as: "TIME xx|xx". Pause slightly between the hour and the minutes.
When telling the hour part, the palm orientation faces the listener for the numbers from 1 to 9. For the rest of the other three numbers (10, 11, 12), the palm orientation is the same as cardinal numbers.
The video clip above shows time 4:30.
When telling the minute part, the palm orientation again faces the listener for the numbers between zero and nine.
Use the zero and then a number between one and nine. For example: 3:08, 6:09, 12:05. For the minutes beyond ten up to 59. Use regular cardinal numbers.
The video clip above shows another example: time 7:21.
PM or AM can be identified within a phrase. The video clip above shows: time 8:35 morning or 8:35 AM.
The video clip above shows: time 8:35 evening/night or time 8:35 PM. These two phrases are a standalone. But, when expressing a sentence, the order of the words is different.
Example: my brother pick-you-up tomorrow morning time 7:30.
The part "tomorrow morning" before telling time already indicate whether it's PM or AM. The order of the sentence above is harminous.
Gloss: time three (o'clock)
The signed word "time" can be incorporated with a number. It is called a numeral incorporation. It can work with the numbers only from one to nine.
Also see Telling how long in time .
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