ASL sign for PAPER


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Definition: A material made from fibers (as of wood or cloth) and in the form of thin sheets or a sheet or piece of such material.

ASL Learner Tip: Not to confuse PAPER with SCHOOL.

Pronunciation: movement backward twice away from the passive palm.


Synonyms: COLLEGE, UNIVERSITY.

Gloss: [topic]paper[topic] i [infl]write[infl] for class (finish).

English equivalent: I wrote a paper for class.

In this sentence, you can add the signed gloss FINISH/DONE/ALREADY at the end of a sentence or PAST at the beginning of a sentence. This would indicate a past tense.

Printable ASL for PAPER
ASL writing for PAPER

ASLwrite by Adrean Clark.

Trivial tidbit: Try to fold a piece of paper more than seven times. Can it be done?

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