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Grammar detail: 〜たものだ

〜たものだ - used to do ~
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ものだ
means
used to (do something)
This expression is used to talk about things habitually done in the past.
こども
子供
ころ
まいとし
毎年
なつ
かいがん
海岸
った
もの
When I was a child, I used to go to the seashore every summer.
かれ
なんじかん
何時間
すわ
って
うみ
なが
めた
ものだった
He would sit and look at the sea for hours.
Note that ものだ can also have its simpler literal meaning '(is) a thing that'. In this example, there is no implication that the song used to be written by Foster, or Foster used to write songs etc.
この
うた
フォスター
つく
った
もの
This song was written by Foster.
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Kanji used in this grammar

シ   ス   こ child   
キョウ   ク   そなえる to make an offering   とも servant, attendant   
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マイ   every, each
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ネン   とし year   
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カ   ゲ   なつ summer   
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カイ   うみ ocean   
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ガン   きし coast, shore, banks   
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コウ   ギョウ   アン   ゆ    い to go   おこな to take place   
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ヒ   かれ he   
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カ   なに    なん what?   
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ジ   とき time, occasion   
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カン   ケン   あいだ interval, between   ま space, room   
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ザ   すわ to sit   
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チョウ   ながめる to watch, gaze at   
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カ   うた to sing   うた song   
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サク   サ   つく to make   
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