With a gloomy look, Robert followed his sister. What part of speech is "With a gloomy look"? what does it modify? Is it an adjectival phrase modifying a noun Robert or an adverbial phrase modifying a verb "followed"?
What question does this prepositional phrase answer? If it answers the question which, it functions as an adjective. If it answers how, when, or where, it functions as an adverb.
The book on the floor is mine. 'On the floor' answers the question 'which book?'
I put the book on the floor. 'On the floor' answers the question 'where?' in this sentence.
With a gloomy look, Robert followed his sister.
This phrase answers the question 'how?' Rewritten, it could be 'Robert followed his sister gloomily.' If it were an adjective, you could right 'Gloomy Robert followed his sister', but this implies Robert is a gloomy person all the time.
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