185 – Sign vs Signature – Confusing Vocabulary Lesson

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Sign and signature are two words that are often confused. For today’s English lesson, let’s look at how to use these two words in English conversation and writing

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  • Please write your signature on this form.
  • Can you please give me your signature here?
  • You need to put your signature on every document you approve in this office.


  • After the performance the actor was at the backstage door giving out autographs.
  • My father has an autograph of Frank Sinatra.


  • Please sign this form.
  • Can you please sign your name here?
  • You need to sign every document that you approve in this office.

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Comments 3

    1. Hi Sergio. Great question! Think of signal as something like a human gesture (like a wave hello or a wink), or an electronic indicator (such as a traffic signal, or the beep of the washing machine). A sign is a board that has informational words or symbols (like a traffic stop sign)

  1. Thanks a lot for the promt reply. My doubt lies on phrases like “his reaction is a sign/signal of bad mood” Which one to use?

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