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A detailed but fun look at adverbs, including fronted adverbials.

Adverbs are the subject of this fantastic collection of English worksheets. Starting with spotting the adverb in a simple sentence, we move on to looking at types of adverb. For young children we concentrate on three types of adverb:

    Adverbs of manner (how)
    Adverbs of place (where)
    Adverbs of time (when)

Finally we look at the recently much discussed phrase in the new English curriculum, ‘fronted adverbials’. This term has rarely, if ever, entered the primary curriculum before, but it is a technique for creating more effective sentences. It uses an adverb at the start of the sentence to make it more appealing. To understand this, children need to be shown that an adverb can comprise of several words. These types of adverbs are called adverbial phrases or adverbial clauses.

For example:

The waitress eventually served the meal.

Eventually, the waitress served the meal. (Fronted adverbial)

I will do my homework if I have time.

If I have time, I will do my homework. (Fronted adverbial)

It is usual to put a comma after the fronted adverbial.

For those brought up in the seventies onwards, much of this grammar was not taught, so it is as much a learning experience for them as for today’s children! 

Introducing adverbs

Adverbs describe how, when, where or why something is done in a sentence. (Year 2/3 on)

Fronted adverbials

Fronted adverbials go at the start of the sentence. (Year 4 on)

Adverbs of possibility

Adverbs can be used to show the likelihood or possibility of something happening. (Year 5)

Adverbs of degree.

Adverbs of degree telling more about an adjective. (Year 5 on)

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