How to sign "alone" in American Sign Language (ASL)?
Definition: Having no one else present; on one's own.
Pronunciation (sign description): Dominant upright index finger held in neutral space moves in small circular motion.
This sign may be spatially inflected in agreement with the pronoun in an ASL sentence.
Q: I am wondering if there is a difference between the signs for "something", "always" and "alone". "Alone" seems to have a smaller hand motion, but the signs for "something" and "always" seem identical. Are they? Or am I missing some sort of subtle difference?
Subtle differences, sometimes inflections, and mostly contexts. Read about homonyms in sign language.