EVEN in sign language

How to sign "even" in American Sign Language (ASL)? Differnet signs for multiple meanings. Plus phrases.

Meaning: Equal in number, amount, or value; fair.

Usage or context examples: "even amounts of olive oil and lemon juice", "fifty-fifty (or even) chance".



Meaning: having a flat surface; flat and smooth.

Usage or context examples: "an even application of varnish", "the road wasn't even".

Related signs: FLAT, SMOOTH, LEVEL.

Opposite: UNEVEN, BUMPY.

Meaning: to emphasize something surprising or extreme; in spite of; to a greater extent or degree.

Pronunciation (sign description): Fingerspelled loan #EVEN.

Usage or context examples: "he works even whenever he's sick", "even worse", "even (or still) more".

Related signs: SURPRISINGLY, UNEXPECTEDLY, as it happens, believe it or not, STILL.


"call it even"

Meaning: To decide or agree that something is equal and even (that a debt has been paid and that no one owes anything more).

Usage example: "Since you paid for dinner last time, I'll pay this time, and we'll call it even."

"Even so" means "although that is true" or "nevertheless".

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Approximate concept, not a true word-for-word translation. Because there is "even so" in English sentence, it doesn't necessarily mean that ASL sign. That ASL sign has its meaning in its own way used by Deaf fluent and native signers.

Usage examples: "Our swim coach was very tough and strict. Even so, we liked him", "The trip to India was a challenging and harsh experience but even so it was one of our best memories.""

See some more "even" phrases: EVEN IF, EVEN THOUGH.


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