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The video is of 2020.

Can I make question of above sentence in this manner: When was the video? Or When was? Or When is this video?

I found the first line here.

Similarly, if my friend tells me some past news then can I ask, When was this news? Or When was this news of?

If I see some video circulating on social media, Can I ask When was this?? Thanks.

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No. There are several errors here. Here are some corrections and suggestions. Questions using when generally need a verb of some kind, or they will sound incomplete, and won't make sense. There are a few exceptions to this, like when asking about events in history.

The video is from 2020.

You could ask

When was this video made?

When was this video created?

when was this video posted (or published)?

On what date was this video posted?

For news, you could ask

When was this news reported?

When was this news published?

On what date was this news reported?

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  • Or can I say just, "When is the video from?"
    – ramanujan
    Jun 26, 2022 at 15:00
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    @ramanujan Yes you could, but it's quite informal/colloquial - putting a preposition at the end of a sentence could lose you marks in an exam.
    – Billy Kerr
    Jun 26, 2022 at 15:03
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I can't find This video is of 2020 on the page you link to, so I assume it has since been edited.

It would be more natural to say This video was made/filmed in 2020 or it dates from 2020.

You need to ask either when the video was made or when the events shown in it happened.

News is, by definition, a report of something that has happened recently. You could ask 'When did this [event] happen?' or 'When was the news announced?'

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  • The line is still there on that link. The complete sentence is He has also stated that the video is of 2020 of a parade rehearsal over Tushino, Moscow. Can I post screenshot here? The line is on 8th paragraph just above the Batman tweet.
    – ramanujan
    Jun 26, 2022 at 14:57
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    Found it. This is an error on the writer's part (and I notice that the person quoted didn't actually say that in his tweet). The video is from 2020, of a parade rehearsal would be better. Jun 26, 2022 at 16:32

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