Exploring fronted adverbials

Home learning focus

To understand what fronted adverbials are and how to punctuate them correctly.

This lesson includes:

  • one video to help you understand fronted adverbials

  • four activities


Watch this short clip to learn about fronted adverbials.

Learn about fronted adverbials.

What’s an adverbial?

An adverbial is a word or phrase that adds more information to a verb.

Adverbials are used to explain how, where or when something happened.

For example: Ian ate a banana earlier today.

'Earlier today' is an adverbial as it adds detail about when Ian ate the banana.

What’s a fronted adverbial?

A fronted adverbial is when the adverbial phrase is at the front (or start) of the sentence, before the verb.

For example: Earlier today, Ian ate a banana.

Here, 'earlier today' is a fronted adverbial as it adds detail about when Ian ate the banana at the front of the sentence, before the verb ‘ate’.


You may need paper and a pen or pencil for some of these activities.

Activity 1

Complete this short activity by highlighting the fronted adverbials.

Remember: Fronted adverbials are used at the start of a sentence.

Activity 2

Rewrite these sentences by moving the adverbial phrase to the front of the sentence.

Remember: You must use a comma after your fronted adverbial.

  1. The lion leaped from the tall grass as quick as a flash.

  2. The howler monkeys wake up the whole jungle with their loud calls in the morning.

  3. The badgers' home was built under the woodland ground.

Activity 3

This time, add your own fronted adverbials to the sentences.

  1. The fox stared at the mouse.

  2. The giraffe reached for the leaf on top of the tree.

  3. The owl soared through the sky.

Top tip!

Fronted adverbials explain how, where or when something happened.

Activity 4

Watch the following video and focus on all the things that happen in spring.

Learn about spring time in Britain.

Now write six sentences about what happens in spring using a fronted adverbial in every sentence.

Top tip!

Choose something you saw in the video and then think of an adverbial to describe the action you saw.

For example: The plants grew + Quickly = Quickly, the plants grew.

You also could use this Fronted Adverbials word mat to help you write some impressive sentences.

Fronted Adverbials word mat

Where next?

In this lesson you have learnt about using fronted adverbials.

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