Definition: To give assistance to (someone); make it easier for (someone) to do something.
Assistance; the action of helping someone to do something. E.g. IX-me NEED YOUR HELP+.
Verb inflection: HELP-ME.
Gloss: you need help, you/\
English equivalent: Do you need help?
Raise eyebrows (a symbol /\ for raised eyebrows) towards the end of this yes/no question. Raising eyebrows (intonation) indicates a yes/no question.
You can use either the last sign YOU/\ or omit it at the end of the sentence as long as you maintain raised eyebrows when signing the last word HELP/\.
Variations of the inflected verbs for HELP.
A variant of the handshape (bent "5" with open thumb). [2017?]
Written ASL digit for "HELP!". Contributed by the ASLwrite community, 2018.
Watch how a baby/child acquires the ASL word HELP in a time lapse.
See Kid's ASL sign for HELP for a detailed description of this ASL phonological acquisition.
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