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    Default to be entirely computer animated

    Toy Story(1995) was the first full-length film to be entirely computer animated.
    In this sentence "animate" is a verb, therefore I think "computer" must be an adverb.
    But I have just consulted some dictionaries and none of them say that "computer" can be an adverb. Could help me about this?
    Thanks for help.
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    Default Re: to be entirely computer animated

    Hi,

    As a rule, in such cases, I use the hyphenated "computer-animated", which functions as an adjective. Without the hyphen, this is harder to see.

    Natives and/or cinema aficionados will probably enlighten us both.
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Default Re: to be entirely computer animated

    I would use the hyphenated form too.

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    Default Re: to be entirely computer animated

    As a rule, in such cases, I use the hyphenated "computer-animated", which functions as an adjective.
    If it were "computer-animated" in the above sentence, I still feel confused about is it possible for an adjective modifies a verb.
    Could you tell me more about it?


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    Default Re: to be entirely computer animated

    It still modifies "film", but "film" has been omitted in the second part of the sentece.

    "Toy Story(1995) was the first full-length film to be entirely computer animated".

    Consider rephrasing it if it helps: "Toy Story (1995) was the first entirely computer-animated full-length film" (yes, I know it sounds weird, but the question is: does it help to see it rephrased?)
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Default Re: to be entirely computer animated

    How about an adjectival complement?
    Complement - Glossary Definition - UsingEnglish.com

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    Default Re: to be entirely computer animated

    Consider rephrasing it if it helps: "Toy Story (1995) was the first entirely computer-animated full-length film" (yes, I know it sounds weird, but the question is: does it help to see it rephrased?)
    Thank you very much!
    It really help, it is new to me and your help make it easy to understand.

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