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Q: american ssign language ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: american ssign language
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: anniepannie-ga
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Posted: 13 May 2006 00:24 PDT
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Question ID: 728337
I am learning asl.  basic sentence structure- object + subject + verb
is the order my teacher wants, with the tense indicator at the front
of the sentence. Since I am an older person returning to study a
language after all these years, I am having a hard time remembering
how to pick objects, verbs, etc., especially when personal pronouns
are used.  Can you direct me to some liks that might help?
Subject: Re: american ssign language
Answered By: alanna-ga on 14 May 2006 13:51 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hi anniepannie-ga -

I well understand what it is like to go back to relearning something
you learned some years ago.  I bet that it will all come back to you
after a brief review.

I guess the easiest way of remembering what goes where and why is to
review the simplest sentence structure:

subject (noun): the agent doing the action:   the boy

predicate (verb): the action:  throws

object (noun): what is acted on:  the ball  (direct object)

The boy throws the ball 

You can spice up the sentence by adding a lot of words or modifiers,
but the basic structure stays the same.

subject:  The tall, blond BOY

predicate: stealthily THROWS

object:  the huge, red, striped, inflated BALL

Personal pronouns may be subjects or (direct or indirect) objects

She hated hot dogs.  (subject)

George slapped me. (direct object)

Tati gave her the book. (indirect object)

There are many variations on this basic structure, and for those I
refer you to the following websites


Forms of object

Personal pronouns

Google Search Strategy

Search terms: simple grammar

Search terms: grammar "direct object" "Indirect object"

Good luck in learning ASL,

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thanks for you understanding answer.

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