Conditional Sentences

  • A conditional sentence can be a question, command, or statement.
  • In English, we use the “If __, then __”.
  • In ASL, we never use “then”.
  • There are two parts of the conditional sentence:
    • The condition (the part we consider the “if”).
    • The outcome (the part we consider the “then”).
  • Must always be condition then outcome; can’t be reversed like we do in English.
  • Non-manuals
    • Raise eyebrows
    • Tilt head forward
    • Hold the last sign of the condition (the “if” part)
  • If you use a sign for the conditional (“if” part), you can use #IF (the lexicalized “if”), the sign SUPPOSE, or use neither
  • Examples
    • If you are late to school, mom will be mad.
      • #IF YOU ARRIVE LATE SCHOOL, MOM MAD.
    • If I give you my Skittles, can I have your hot Cheetos?
      • SUPPOSE I GIVE-YOU MY S-K-I-T-T-L-E-S, YOU GIVE-ME YOUR HOT C-H-E-E-T-O-S.
    • If I don’t have good grades, I can’t play sports.
      • ME NOT HAVE GOOD GRADE, CAN’T PLAY SPORT.

 

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