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Use Adverbials

In this worksheet, students will be asked to use fronted adverbials correctly within written prose.

'Use Adverbials' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Writing: Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation

Curriculum subtopic:   Grammar Awareness (learn the grammar of Y5 and 6)

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

In this activity, you will practice how to use adverbials correctly.

 

Adverbials are useful words or phrases that can describe the action in a sentence. 

Just like an adverb, an adverbial adds further detail or information to a verb.

An adverbial can be used at the beginning or end of a sentence.

When it is used at the beginning of a sentence, it is called a 'fronted adverbial'.

 

Example 1

'She jumped around, all day long.' (Here the adverbial is at the end of the sentence).

'All day long, she jumped around.' (Now the adverbial is at the beginning of the sentence and is called a fronted adverbial).

 

Example 2

'We met by the bus station.' (Adverbial at the end of the sentence).

'By the bus station, we met.' (Now the adverbial is at the beginning of the sentence and is called a fronted adverbial).

Read the sentence below carefully. Then write which two words form the adverbial into the box below.

 

'Yesterday evening, we went on a long dog walk.'

Read the sentence below carefully and select the words which form the adverbial.

 

'Without making a sound, Zach tiptoed out of the room.'

Without making a sound...

...tiptoed out of the room'

Read the sentence below carefully and select which words form the adverbial.

 

'I like to visit my Grandmother twice a week.'

...twice a week

I like to visit my...

Can you select the rewritten sentence with the adverbial phrase at the start?

 

'Dylan goes to trampoline club once a week.'

Dylan, goes to trampoline club once a week.

Dylan, once a week, goes to trampoline club.

Trampoline club is somewhere Dylan enjoys going to once a week.

Once a week, Dylan goes to trampoline club.

Can you identify correctly, the rewritten sentence with the adverbial phrase at the start?

 

'I am going for my swimming lesson later today.'

Later today, I am going for my swimming lesson.

I will go, later today, for my swimming lesson.

Today, I am going for my swimming lesson.

I am going for my swimming lesson, later on today.

Can you select the following sentence rewritten with the adverbial phrase at the start?

 

'I tiptoed along the corridor without making a sound.'

Without making a sound, I tiptoed along the corridor.

Cautiously, I tiptoed along the corridor without making a sound.

Can you identify the following sentence rewritten with the adverbial phrase at the start of the sentence?

 

'The gigantic, ferocious volcano could be seen in the distance.'

In the distance, the gigantic, ferocious volcano could be seen.

The ferocious volcano could be seen in the distance, it was gigantic.

Can you identify the following sentence rewritten with the adverbial phrase at the start of the sentence?

 

'Piers had a tennis match to play after school.'

After school, Piers had a tennis match to play.

Piers had a tennis match to play.

Read the options below carefully and choose the fronted adverbial.

He found the map

She smiled

At that very moment

He completely disappeared

Read the options below carefully and choose the fronted adverbial.

She realised it was all a reality

The boat had gone

They decided to run

More charmingly than ever

  • Question 1

Read the sentence below carefully. Then write which two words form the adverbial into the box below.

 

'Yesterday evening, we went on a long dog walk.'

CORRECT ANSWER
Yesterday evening
EDDIE SAYS
First question complete! In this sentence, the adverbial is 'yesterday evening'. It is a fronted adverbial as it starts the sentence.
  • Question 2

Read the sentence below carefully and select the words which form the adverbial.

 

'Without making a sound, Zach tiptoed out of the room.'

CORRECT ANSWER
Without making a sound...
EDDIE SAYS
How did you get on this time? In this sentence, the adverbial is 'without making a sound'. Again, this is a fronted adverbial as it starts the sentence. You're getting good at this!
  • Question 3

Read the sentence below carefully and select which words form the adverbial.

 

'I like to visit my Grandmother twice a week.'

CORRECT ANSWER
...twice a week
EDDIE SAYS
In this sentence, the adverbial is 'twice a week'. This time, the adverbial closes the sentence and describes the verb 'visit'. These aren't easy, but keep pushing on and you'll be super confident by the end of this activity.
  • Question 4

Can you select the rewritten sentence with the adverbial phrase at the start?

 

'Dylan goes to trampoline club once a week.'

CORRECT ANSWER
Once a week, Dylan goes to trampoline club.
EDDIE SAYS
The correctly rewritten sentence, with the adverbial at the front of the sentence and a comma following the adverbial is: Once a week, Dylan goes to trampoline club.
  • Question 5

Can you identify correctly, the rewritten sentence with the adverbial phrase at the start?

 

'I am going for my swimming lesson later today.'

CORRECT ANSWER
Later today, I am going for my swimming lesson.
EDDIE SAYS
The correct rewritten sentence, with the adverbial at the front and a comma following is: Later today, I am going for my swimming lesson. Phew, that was a challenge.
  • Question 6

Can you select the following sentence rewritten with the adverbial phrase at the start?

 

'I tiptoed along the corridor without making a sound.'

CORRECT ANSWER
Without making a sound, I tiptoed along the corridor.
EDDIE SAYS
How did you find rewriting the sentence? The correctly rewritten sentence, with the adverbial at the front of the sentence and a comma following the adverbial is: Without making a sound, I tiptoed along the corridor.
  • Question 7

Can you identify the following sentence rewritten with the adverbial phrase at the start of the sentence?

 

'The gigantic, ferocious volcano could be seen in the distance.'

CORRECT ANSWER
In the distance, the gigantic, ferocious volcano could be seen.
EDDIE SAYS
This time, the correctly rewritten sentence, with the adverbial at the front of the sentence and a comma following is: In the distance, the gigantic, ferocious volcano could be seen. Don’t panic if you found this difficult!
  • Question 8

Can you identify the following sentence rewritten with the adverbial phrase at the start of the sentence?

 

'Piers had a tennis match to play after school.'

CORRECT ANSWER
After school, Piers had a tennis match to play.
EDDIE SAYS
This time, the correctly rewritten sentence, with the adverbial at the front of the sentence and a comma following the adverbial is: After school, Piers had a tennis match to play. Is this becoming less daunting?
  • Question 9

Read the options below carefully and choose the fronted adverbial.

CORRECT ANSWER
At that very moment
EDDIE SAYS
How did you get on? Out of all of the options available, the fronted adverbial is 'at that very moment.'
  • Question 10

Read the options below carefully and choose the fronted adverbial.

CORRECT ANSWER
More charmingly than ever
EDDIE SAYS
How did you find the final question? Out of all of the options available, the fronted adverbial is 'more charmingly than ever'. Great work, you've completed another activity! How about attempting another one so you feel super confident?
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