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Adverbs modify verbs, but adverbials tell us something about the clause of which they are part.

They can be single words, phrases or clauses.


A fronted adverbial simply goes at the front of the sentence or clause.

For example,

When the dog barked, I jumped out of my seat.

Remember, when the fronted adverbial is a clause, it should always be followed by a comma.


Your Turn…

1. What is an adverbial?
A word, phrase or clause that tells us when, where or how
A doing word
A name of something

2. What type of adverbial can help to vary sentence structure?
A pretty adverbial
A fronted adverbial
The verb

3. Which of the following is a fronted adverbial?
When the people left, I could finally relax.
How many people are there?
There are four children here.

4. Which punctuation mark should always be included when the adverbial is a clause?
A comma
Inverted commas

5. Which of the following contains an adverbial?
I had fun in the yard.
I had fun.
It was really good.

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