Adverbials are words or phrases that add extra information to a sentence. They are commonly placed after verbs, which is why they are called adverbials. The information they add is not obligatory, and the sentence does not lose its key points without them.
Fronted adverbials are just regular adverbials placed in a different place in the sentence structure. Instead of being after the verb they are placed in front of the verb. Most commonly fronted adverbials are at the start of the sentence, and are divided with a comma. Their name, fronted adverbials, explains how to use them.
Because fronted adverbials are put in the front of the sentence they are used to draw the reader’s or listener’s attention to the extra information given. When adverbials are fronted they become more important for the sentence.
Fronted Adverbials Examples
- He came home so late last night. Quietly, he walked through the house and into his room.
- I was so lucky! Under the clock, that’s where I found my wallet.
- By the train station, that’s where we’re supposed to meet.
- Occasionally, we like to drive out into the countryside.
- It was a good. Exhausted completely, is how we made it back home.