Fronted adverbials: weedy sea dragon

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) In the evening light, the weedy sea dragons started their courtship dance.

2) In a graceful duet, the sea dragons mirrored each other’s actions.

3) Amongst the kelp forest, the older dragons found shelter and protection.


“I had a dream about swimming through an ocean of orange juice. It was just a FANTA SEA!”