ASL sign for: because

Definition: For the reason that; since; due to the fact that.

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Another handshape variation is the handshape horizontal "L", palm in.

The sign of this gloss WHY/\ (with the raised eyebrows) is a rhetorical question. This sign is NOT a wh-question as in "why?" (which is accompanied by the eyebrows burrowed down).

The rhetorical question WHY/\ has been much more common. It functions as a conjunction as well as a rhetorical question.

Phonological variation (middle finger instead of the middle three fingers) for this rhetorical question. Video contributed by Calvin Petrowsky (2017).

Related signs: WHY.