Asking a yes/no question in ASL

A yes-no question is usually accompanied with the raised eyebrows, widened eyes and tilted forward head. Sometimes, holding the last word at the end of sentence also anticipates a response.

Practice the non-manual grammar for yes/no questions: raising eyebrows and tilting head forward.

Demonstration

Transcription: you married?
English translation: Are you married?

Variant: YOU MARRIED, YOU?

If yes, then "YES, IX-me MARRIED" or simply answer "YES". If no, then answer "NO, IX-me NOT MARRIED" or just reply "NO".

Dialogue exercises

One of some common yes/no questions is asking whether you're hearing or deaf among learners and non-native signers. Here is how to sign a sentence when one is uncertain.

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Also see question signals in sign language, wh-q question, and rhetorical question

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