Signs for LOVE YA

Meaning: An one-signed phrase used mostly by native ASL speakers, which means more like: "you're great!", "I like you", "I care about you", "You're so adorable!", rather than a romantic meaning. Its meaning varies in contexts with various intonations.

This sign with the ILY handshape is used more of a verb (LOVE-YA) rather than signing "I LOVE YOU".

Example: "I had a lot of fun hanging out with you. Love ya!"

But, a subtle difference of movement in different contexts can convey a different meaning. E.g. WAVE-ILY can mean a friendly farewell "hug" with a close friend.

Or, it can mean an abbreviation for "I LOVE YOU" during farewell between a child and her/his parent.

Related signs: LOVE, LOVE-IT, ILY.

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