Adverbial Clauses ESL Worksheets, Games and Activities

Adverbial Clauses Challenge

ESL Adverbial Clauses Game - Grammar and Speaking: Forming Sentences from Prompts, Freer Practice - Group Work - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

In this free adverbial clauses game, students make sentences containing adverb clauses with specific subordinating conjunctions and verbs. Students take it in turns to turn over a subordinating conjunction card and a verb card. The student then makes a sentence containing an adverbial clause using the conjunction and verb. For example, if the subordinating conjunction was after and the verb was eat, the student might say 'After Tom ate lunch, he went to the gym'. Students can make any sentence they like as long as it is grammatically correct and has an adverbial clause in it that uses the subordinating conjunction and verb. If the other students agree the sentence is correct, the student keeps the two cards. If not, the cards are turned back over, keeping them in the same place. The student with the most cards at the end of the game wins. As a variation, you can give students more practice by having them score a point when they make a sentence. Then, for an extra point, the student says the type of adverb clause used in the sentence, e.g. adverbial clause of time.
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Introduction to Adverbial Clauses

ESL Adverbial Clauses Worksheet - Grammar Exercises: Matching, Identifying, Categorising, Forming Sentences from Prompts - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

This comprehensive adverbial clauses worksheet helps students to recognise and practice using adverbial clauses in sentences. Students begin by looking at examples of adverbial clauses in sentences and matching punctuation rules for adverbial clauses. Next, students underline adverbial clauses in sentences and match them with the things that they express. Students then move on to categorize subordinating conjunctions used in adverbial clauses. Afterwards, students match sentence halves that contain adverbial clauses together and underline the subordinating conjunction in each sentence. Finally, students create sentences of their own using the adverbial clauses shown.
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Adverbial Clauses Practice

ESL Adverbial Clauses Worksheet - Grammar Exercises: Gap-fill, Matching, Creating Sentences from Prompts - Upper-intermediate (B2) - 30 minutes

Here is a useful adverbial clauses worksheet for upper-intermediate students to use to practice a variety of adverbial clauses and their related subordinating conjunctions. First, students complete a passage explaining adverbial clauses using words from a box. Students then complete sentences using the subordinate conjunctions provided, adding commas where necessary. After that, students match sentence halves together, adding a conjunction into each sentence. Next, students put words in the correct order to create adverbial clause sentences, inserting one of the subordinate conjunctions provided in each one. Lastly, students use their knowledge from the exercises to write adverbial clauses in sentences that describe their function, writing three examples of conjunctions that can be used with each.
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Perfect Match

ESL Adverbial Clauses Activity - Grammar and Speaking: Matching, Sentence Completion - Pair Work - Upper-intermediate (B2) - 25 minutes

In this engaging adverbial clauses activity, students race to match adverbial clauses to sentence halves, adding in a suitable subordinate conjunction for each one. Student A begins by reading each sentence half to their partner using the word 'blank' for the missing adverbial clause. Student B listens and then chooses an adverbial clause that can be used to complete the sentence. The student then writes an appropriate subordinate conjunction from a box on their worksheet at the beginning of the clause and reads it to their partner. If Student A thinks the adverbial clause matches, they write it into their sentence. If not, Student B looks for another adverbial clause from their worksheet. When all the sentences have been completed, the two students swap roles. The first pair to correctly complete all their sentences wins.
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