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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.

nob 300x127 Writing All Day and All Night

(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:

allday 300x118 Writing All Day and All Night

Night owls go “all night”:

allnight 300x125 Writing All Day and All Night

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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5 Easy ASL Words to Write Today

Eager to start writing ASL? Here are 5 words to cut your teeth on — with animated hints to help you remember them!

hello 5 Easy ASL Words to Write Today
Hello” is almost always written when opening a letter or email.

yes 5 Easy ASL Words to Write Today
One of the best words to sign — “Yes” opens up lots of opportunities!

no 5 Easy ASL Words to Write Today
Sometimes it’s good to say “No,” such as when you’re absolutely full and one more brownie would make you explode.

youme 5 Easy ASL Words to Write Today
The words “You” and “Me” are the same, with a single change in direction.

love 5 Easy ASL Words to Write Today
Combine the previous “You” and “Me” with “Love“, and you have a perfect note to leave for your sweetheart today!

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Want to learn more about written ASL? Check out How to Write American Sign Language!

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