WITH in Sign Language

Learn how to sign "WITH" in ASL (American Sign Language). And watch a time-lapse video of how the ASL signer (toddler) articulated "WITH" in the early language acquisition (ASL) in her Deaf/ASL-speaking family.

ASL sign for WITH
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ASL sign for "with"

How do you sign for "with" in American Sign Language?

Definition: accompanied by; accompanying; used to say that people or things are together in a place or they are doing something together.

Pronunciation (sign description): Two-handed upright "10" hands (handshape) with its palms facing each other (orientation) apart in space (location) moves toward each other together (movement).

Learner tip: Not to confuse this sign with similar signs such as TOGETHER, GO STEADY.

When to use "WITH" and when not to use it in ASL? For example, you can use it as in "I want to go with you" glossed as "IX-me WANT GO(var) WITH YOU", but you don't need to use it as in "I agree with you" glossed as "IX-me AGREE-with-you" where the ASL verb "AGREE" is inflected into "AGREE-with-you" as one sign (no "with' in it).

Toddler signing "with"

This time-lapse shows how an ASL-speaking kid signs "with" from the earliest emergence to sentence usage.

Notice that the toddler uttered "with" in ASL in various registers in the video above. For example, she signed it two-handed as it should be. At other times, she signed one-handed in all sentences because of holding something in her other hand. In one of the clips, the signed word in the "with mommy" part is very subtle that can be undetectable. This video clip shows a glimpse of example of raw, natural real-world language of Deaf native signers.

First 100 words.

  1. again
  2. also
  3. ask
  4. because
  5. boy
  6. but
  7. can
  8. come
  9. condone
  10. deaf
  11. different
  12. drink
  13. drive
  14. eat
  15. email
  16. family
  17. feel
  18. few
  19. find
  20. fine
  21. fingerspell
  22. finish
  23. food
  24. for
  25. forget
  26. friend
  27. get
  28. girl
  29. give
  30. go
  31. good
  32. have
  33. he
  34. hearing
  35. hello
  36. help
  37. home
  38. how
  39. Internet
  40. know
  41. later
  42. like (feeling)
  43. little
  44. live
  45. man
  46. many
  47. me
  48. meet
  49. more
  50. my
  51. name
  52. need
  53. new
  54. no
  55. not
  56. now
  57. ok, okay
  58. old
  59. other
  60. please
  61. remember
  62. same
  63. say
  64. school
  65. see
  66. she
  67. should
  68. sign, signed word
  69. slow
  70. some
  71. sorry
  72. store
  73. take
  74. tell
  75. text, sms
  76. thank, thank you
  77. their
  78. they
  79. think
  80. time
  81. tired
  82. try
  83. understand
  84. use
  85. wait
  86. want
  87. what
  88. when
  89. where
  90. which
  91. who
  92. why
  93. will
  94. with
  95. woman
  96. work
  97. write
  98. yes
  99. you
  100. your

As you feel more comfortable with the first few hundreds of ASL signs, progress further with your vocabulary and learn signing more.