Using fronted adverbials

Home learning focus

Learn how to use fronted adverbials.

This lesson includes:

  • two videos

  • three activities



An adverb is simply a word that describes a verb (an action or a doing word).

They come before or after a verb.

  • He quickly ate his lunch.

  • He ate his lunch quickly.

Watch this video to remind yourself how to use adverbs.

Learn how to use adverbs.


Adverbials do the same job as adverbs. They are phrases instead of single words.

He ate his lunch as quick as a flash.

They come before or after a verb.

  • He quickly ate his lunch.

  • He ate his lunch quickly.

Fronted Adverbials

Fronted adverbials are adverbs or adverbial phrases that go at the beginning of a sentence and describe the verb (action) that follows.

In the blink of an eye, the storm clouds gathered!

There are different types of fronted adverbial that can be used to change the description of the action in a sentence. These include fronted adverbials of:

  • Time - In the early morning, the storm clouds gathered.
  • Frequency - Every evening, the storm clouds gathered.
  • Place - Above the castle, the storm clouds gathered.
  • Manner - As quick as a flash, the storm clouds gathered.
  • Degree - Terrifyingly, the storm clouds gathered.

Watch this video clip to learn about fronted adverbials.

Learn about how to use fronted adverbials.


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

Activity 1

Check your understanding by completing this fronted adverbials quiz.

Activity 2

Now that you’re a master of fronted adverbials, give this activity a try:

Fronted adverbials writing worksheet

Super challenge

Look at your character description OR setting description from earlier this week:

  • Have you used fronted adverbials?
  • Can you add any fronted adverbials?
  • Can you improve any fronted adverbials you used?


  • Immediately behind the twisting vines, was a deep, mysterious pool.
  • Occasionally encouraged by the tide, some shells drifted back out to sea.

Top tip!

Remember, a fronted adverbial is followed by a comma.

Activity 3

To explore fronted adverbials further, give this great activity a try!

Fronted adverbials worksheet

Where next?

In this lesson you have learnt to use fronted adverbials.

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