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こんにちは I searched about the meaning of "たものですか" and I found out it means " used to " but in my example "used to " is not logic

here's my example (snippet from a conversation in a book)

A:この絵はすごいですね.いつごろかかれたものですか

B:ええっと.14せいきにかかれたそうです.

here in A's sentence " when it's used to be drawn " is not logic for me ! can any one help me translate the sentence of A and tell me the meaning of ""たものですか" here what ?

  • Put your sentence in Google translate and it parses SOME (but not all) word boundaries for you in the romaji transcription: "Kono e wa sugoidesu ne. Itsu-goro kakareta monodesu ka." – Craig Hicks Feb 18 '17 at 19:28
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いつごろ かかれた もの ですか
When was it drawn?

The sentence could probably be interpreted more awkwardly as

What period of time is this drawn thing [the drawing/painting]?

which might explain how you get the above translation.


もの refers to "thing", so

いつごろ の もの ですか
When was this?

could be interpreted more literally as

This thing is of what time?

which because your questions are around some work of art (painting, statue):

What time period did this work originate from?

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