I am just curious to know what the grammatical term for using adverbs to describe how the action was done, so in the examples below . . .
"please pass the sugar" she asked sweetly
"I can see your knickers" she said briefly
He was relieved to have the bathroom door fixed
how sweetly is a true description of sugar, briefs and knickers, and bathroom and relieved
Hope this makes sense and many thanks for your help
1. "Please, pass the sugar", she asked sweetly."
(adverb of manner; modifies the verb "asked"; answers the question "How (did she ask it)?")
2. "I can see your knickers", she said briefly."
(adverb of manner; modifies the verb "said"; answers the question, "How did she say it?")
3. "He was relieved to have the bathroom door fixed."
(adverb of purpose; answers the question, "Why (was he relieved)?"
All the best, :D