Numbers


NUMBERS

 A. Cardinal Numbers: (e.g. ONE, TWO, THREE, etc.)

ZERO (or NOUGHT)   Hold either O-h., b.outwd & fs upwd, in front of own sh.

ONE                         Hold either 1f.h., b.fwd & 1f. ptg upwd, in front of own sh.

TWO                        Hold either V-h., b.fwd & 1 & 2fs ptg upwd, in front of own sh.

THREE                     Hold either SPREAD h. but with 4f. bent and ball of th. on nail of 4f., b.fwd & fs ptg upwd, in front of own sh.

FOUR                      Hold either SPREAD h. but with th. closed on p., b.fwd & fs ptg upwd, in front of own sh.

FIVE                        Hold either SPREAD h., b.fwd & fs ptg upwd, in front of own sh.

SIX                         Hold 1st h. as FIVE, and at same time hold 2nd h. as ONE.

SEVEN                    Hold 1st h. as FIVE, and at same time hold 2nd h. as TWO.

EIGHT                    Hold 1st h. as FIVE, and at same time hold 2nd h. as THREE.

NINE                      Hold 1st h. as FIVE, and at same time hold 2nd h. as FOUR.

 The signs for the figures 0 to 5 require the use of only one hand, while the signs for the figures 6 to 9 require both hands.

 When a number contains two or more figures (i.e. from 10 onwards), each figure in the number is signed separately, starting with the left-hand figure in that number.

 All figures are signed in the same location. After signing the first figure, the hand(s) is changed to CLOSED h(s), b.fwd & fs upwd, before signing the next figure.

 B. Ordinal Numbers: (e.g. FIRST, SECOND, THIRD, etc.)

 The appropriate Cardinal number is first signed; then

 (i)        in the case of a one-handed sign, the h. is moved dwds '1/2h. breadth, at same time by w-a., turning h. till p.fwd, or

(ii)       in the case of a two-handed sign, the 1st h. (held as FIVE) is kept stationary while the 2nd h. is moved dwds '/2h. breadth, at same time by w-a., turning h. till p. fwd.

 If the number consists of two or more figures, the downward movement and turn of wrist is performed only at the end of the sign for the last figure.

C. Multiples

 ONCE                   Hold either h. as ONE, then move h. dwds till in front of c. of body. at same time by w-a. turning h. till b. upwd & If. ptg fwd-inwd.

 TWICE                       Hold either h. as TWO; then move h. dwds till in front of centre of body, at same time by w-a. turning h. till b. upwd & If. ptg fwd-inwd.

 THRICE         Hold either h. as THREE; then move h. dwds till in front of c. of body, at same time by w-a. turning h. till b. upwd & If. ptg fwd-inwd.

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