I@Sfhead-PalmBack I@NearSfhead-PalmBack

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American Sign Language[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • The thumb may be extended into a Y handshape if the following sign begins with a Y handshape.
  • The little finger may be lower, contacting the cheek instead of the side of the forehead.

Etymology[edit]

Presumably from initial letter I of the English word imagine or if and the sign 1@NearSfhead-PalmDown 1@Sfhead-PalmDown (think).

Production[edit]

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  • This one-handed ASL sign is produced as follows:
    1. Posture the dominant hand in the “I” handshape at the dominant side of the forehead, near the temple, dominant palm facing back.
    2. Move the hand forward to the next posture.
    3. Posture the dominant hand in the “I” handshape within a few inches of the dominant side of the forehead, near the temple, dominant palm facing back.

Verb[edit]

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  1. to suppose

Adverb[edit]

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  1. if; used to introduce a supposition or a conditional clause
  2. hypothetically; used to introduce a hypothesis
  3. as if; as though; metaphorically
    • 2009, Michael DiMartino, Addicted - Sign Language - CaptainL0ver (“Captainl0ver interpreters Kelly Clarkson's song Addicted”), 0:29:
      YOU SUPPOSE LIKE DRUG. — “It's (metaphorically) like you're a drug.”

See also[edit]