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Writing “All Day and All Night”

The ASL words “all day” and “all night” are part of a special class in writing. Normally, one would write them with a digit, but because the location and motion are easily recognizable, the digit is completely dropped.

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(drawn/written from the perspective of the signer/writer)

This special class is called the dropped indicators. Indicators are marks that summarize and show (or indicate) a signed word or concept. The “dropped” part refers to the unnecessary digit.

Here is the full “all day” word:

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Night owls go “all night”:

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Is it possible to combine the two? Yes!

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Another way to write “all day and all night”:

version2 Writing All Day and All Night

Do the visuals help you see the words better? Let us know in the comments below!

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To learn more about indicators, check out How to Write American Sign Language.
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