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Grammar detail: うた / もうた past form

うた / もうた past form - archaic + Kansai form
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The past form ending in ~うた instead of ~った is sometimes seen. It is a classical form which has persisted in certain regional dialects including the Kansai dialect.
This form is a variant of the standard past form った for verbs ending in う.
It is commonly encountered with しまう: the standard past form is しまった, and in the うた form, the ま changes to も and the っ changes to う to make しもうた.
わからないうち
をうしなって
しもうた
Before I knew it I fainted …
It is also seen with
う (
うた),
う (
うた),
うしな
う (
うしの
うた) etc - in these cases, the っ changes to う and the other sounds remain the same.
The difference arises because many modern Japanese verbs have evolved from classical verbs, but in some cases some of the older forms have persisted either in dialects or as irregular forms of modern verbs.
In modern Japanese this is simply a different form, but in classical Japanese it adds a nuance of doing something 'with grace'.
われわれ
我々
せいめい
生命
あた
えた
かみ
われわれ
我々
どうじ
同時
じゆう
自由
あた
たも
うた

The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time.
In this example, as with しまう, the ま becomes も. The classical verb was actually たまふ, but in modern Japanese has become たまう - this transition is known as ('u' sound change).
The same change can be seen in the classical te form:
ねま
寝間
おもてざしき
表座敷
とちゅう
途中
こうぎ
講義
しつ
あって
かべ
沿
うて
ほんばこ
本箱
うずたか
げてあった

Between the bedroom and the front parlor was a lecture room, with bookcases piled high against the walls.
Note that various forms of もうた can be encountered in classical literature. For example, the modern
わす
れてしまった can be found as 忘れてしもうた、忘れてしもた、忘れてもた、忘れてもうた.
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Kanji used in this grammar

ゴ   いつ-    いつ five   
ダン    grade, step, stairs   
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モン   と question   と to ask   とん wholesale   
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ゲン   ゴン   say; word   こと word, saying   い to say   
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シツ   うしな to lose   
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オン   イン   sound   おと    ね    
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便
convenience; tidings   ビン tidings   ベン convenience   たよ tidings, news   
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ボウ   わすれる to forget   
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キ   ケ    spirit   
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ガ   I; myself   われ    わが-    
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(kanji repetition symbol)   
セイ   ショウ    life   なま raw   いかす to enliven   いきる to live   いける to arrange flowers   うまれる to be born   う to give birth to   き pure, undiluted   お to grow, to sprout   はえる to grow, to sprout   はやす to grow, cultivate   
メイ   ミョウ    life; fate   いのち life   
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ヨ   あたえる to grant, give, bestow   
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シン   ジン   かみ    かん-    こう- god   
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ドウ   おな same   
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ジ   とき time, occasion   
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ジ   シ   みずか self   
ユ   ユウ   ユイ   よし reason   
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キュウ    supply   
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シン   ねかす to lay down   ね to sleep, to lie down   
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カン   ケン   あいだ interval, between   ま space, room   
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ヒョウ   おもて surface, front   あらわ to show, to represent   あらわれる to be present, to appear   
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ザ   すわ to sit   
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フ   し to spread out, to lay   
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ト   road
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チュウ   ジュウ   なか middle   
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コウ    lecture   
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ギ    honour   
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シツ   room   むろ drying room, hothouse   
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ヘキ   かべ wall   
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沿
エン   そ to run parallel to, follow, run along   
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ホン   book   もと origin   
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はこ box   
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タイ    piled high   
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セキ   つ to load, to heap up   つもる to be piled up   
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ジョウ   ショウ   うえ above   うわ- above   あげる to raise   あがる to rise   かみ first half, upper part   のぼ to climb   のぼせる to bring up, to raise   のぼ to bring up   
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