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Conjunction FINISH in American Sign Language

Conjunction is a word that connect words, phrases, or clauses. An example of the conjunctions in English are: and, but, because, etc. ASL has a number of conjunctions, which some of them are similar to English (e.g. BUT, IF) but some others are exclusive to ASL.

The gloss FINISH-conj is one of some ASL conjunctions. The conjunction finish in ASL is used to link clauses, usually in chronological sequence. It is equivalent to then or when done, or sometimes after.

Be aware that FINISH has multiple uses in ASL: a verb, a conjunction, and an interjection. Not to be confused with FINISH as in verb, DONE, and other different meanings in different contexts (e.g. "enough!"). Pay attention to non-manual grammar and context. This post only discusses the conjunction FINISH.

The ASL conjunctions are usually accompanied with raised eyebrows. Use the gloss /\ for raised eyebrows) on this website.

The video demonstrates how to use the conjunction FINISH in a sentence of sequential activities.

Glossed as: today ix-me drive-to-ix1 WORK-ix1 /\finish/\ go-ix2 food+store /\finish/\ come-back-here home.

Tip: ASL students would often mouth "finish" or "FIS" when using the conjunction. In this case, the conjunction becomes more of a verb, which results in an incorrect expression. Do NOT mouth "FIS" or sign it as if it were a verb. Make sure you raise eyebrows and sign the conjunction with a bit of long stretch.


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