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American Sign Language:  "FEW" and "SEVERAL"


FEW:

 

 


My wife, (and several other sources) insist that the sign "few" only uses 3 digits. Hmm. Since I have to live with her I get the privilege and honor of being married to her, I'm going to post her version:


 


 

Note: The smaller and tighter you hunch your shoulders and do the movement, the more scarce the referent.

 


Animation: FEW / several (if you've got a "windows media player)



SEVERAL:  Note "several" and "few" are the basically the same sign, but you can do the movement a little larger and spread out to indicate that while limited it isn't necessarily scarce.


Note: The meaning I'm expressing above with my facial expression is, "There are more than just a few, but not that many."
 


 

SEVERAL (another example)  Here is the sign "SEVERAL" using a more casual facial expression indicating a bit more generous version of "several" as in "more than a couple."


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