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With your three attempts, I would go with the third because the Hand Symbols are in the position where they would be at the time of the strike. Think of a picture being taking at the exact moment. Then place the contact symbol near to explain what type of contact it is. 

As far as your question about touch vs strike, it really depends on what you feel matches the real movement the best. Strike seems to have a movement within its definition so that a small arrow is not needed. 

Here are two videos of the two ways to sign MAKE (although the second's shading is wrong, I know what is meant). Notice that the strike has more of an emphasis to it than the simple touch.







Adam

On Apr 3, 2012, at 5:19 PM, Eduardo Trápani wrote:

> Hi,
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> In order not to ask for every other sign I try to write :) I first check if there is one similar in ASL and then look for the video here[1] to be certain.  It's great for learning, although sometimes I get even more confused (as with "fumble"), usually it helps.
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> In this case I didn't know whether to use strike # or touch * for this [2] sign in my language, or whether I need an arrow, maybe the strike/touch is enough?  I would write it like this:
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> or , or .   Are there some rules of style I can read about?  Something that would help decide which writing is better?  I assume that the ASL signs have been reviewed by more people and take them as the example to follow, but that might not always be the case.
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> Looking for something similar in ASL I ended up in "make", but there are two versions, one with * and one with #.  They do not use arrows though, so I guess I can also do without.
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> But I wonder, are those two texts meant to represent the same sign in ASL?  They're different alright, but I haven't found alternatives for "make" in the online dictionaries.
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> Eduardo.
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> [1] http://www.signingsavvy.com/
> [2] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVxz_CUViYg#t=2m12s