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How to tell FUTURE time in American Sign Language

Learn some basic time tense vocabulary in American Sign Language (ASL).

Auxiliary verb: WILL.

Adverb: TOMORROW.

NEXT WEEK.

Tell future in years

The following illustrations demonstrate some ASL signs to express a number of next years.

next-year

English equivalent: next year (next one year).

next-2-year

The numeral handshape of the ASL word next-year can be incorporated with a number between 1 and 5. Beyond the numbers from six, one signs the number and then "year" (informal) which has a different movement from the regular or formal "year".

And so on.

6-year-next

Numeral incorporation doesn't work with the rest of the numbers. This video shows the similar format for the rest of the numbers.

10-year-next

Use the cardinal numbers for the rest of the numbers in a similar format as the previous ones.

Another way of signing this expression is this format: # + YEAR + LATER but this can be referred to the future tense or the past tense in a story (e.g. My grandmother moved to America and got married in 1890. Fifteen years later, she died).

Another way is FUTURE + # + YEAR. E.g. MAYBE FUTURE 8+YEAR IX-me MOVE-OUT.

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