Fronted adverbials: brown bear

2 - The Grammar Bit

The Grammar Bit!

Read the three sentences opposite. They each have a fronted adverbial at the beginning of the sentence (bold).

A fronted adverbial can describe any of the following:

  • when the action took place
  • how the action took place
  • where the action took place
  • how often the action took place

Notice how a comma is normally placed after a fronted adverbial to separate it from the rest of the sentence.

With your talk partner, take turns saying each sentence aloud with the adverbial at the end. Does this alter the meaning of the sentence?

Scintillating Sentences

1) As the feeding frenzy began, the excited cameraman started to film the action.

2) At the pebbled shoreline, the massive brown bear watched and waited.

3) After several failed attempts, the inexperienced cub finally pinned the salmon down with its razor-sharp claws.


“Now, where can I find some chips to go with my fish supper?”