How To Sign Have in Sign Language

Using the term "have" in sign language is not simply relegated to a grammatical necessity. It expresses ownership, conceptual understanding, and social connection. It plays a vital role in forming sentences, expressing ideas, and building relationships within the Deaf community.

Signing "Have"

  1. Hand Position: Begin with an open hand, fingers together and thumb extended (this is similar to a flat "B" handshape).
  2. Placement: Position both of your hands at the top of your chest. Your palms should be facing outward, so that the backs of your hands are facing each other.
  3. Movement: There isn't much movement for this sign. You simply place both of your "B" hand-shapes at the top of your chest once.
  4. Facial Expression: Typically, there isn't a specific facial expression associated with the sign "have." However, as with all signs, the context in which you're signing can influence the facial expressions you use.

Tips & Tricks

For expert signing, you can sign this one-handed with your dominant hand.

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