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 Some people consider it more important that the correct sign is chosen, rather than the combination of signs be used in the correct order. Some people consider it more important that the correct sign is chosen, rather than the combination of signs be used in the correct order.
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 +Quite often ASL signers will use the object of their sentence as the topic.  ​
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 +**_Example_**
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 +"MY CAR, I WASH WEEK-PAST" ​
 +[Note: The eyebrows are raised and the head is tilted slightly forward during the "MY CAR" portion of that sentence.]
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 +Using the object of your sentence as the topic of the sentence is called "​topicalization."​ In this example, "my car" becomes the subject instead of "​me."​ The fact that "I washed it last week" becomes the comment.