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Grammar detail: verb stem + に + verb past

verb stem + に + verb past - extremely
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verb stem
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(same) verb past form
means
did ~ extremely, did ~ a tremendous amount
This form is roughly the equivalent of すごく〜た (ie, すごく+ verb past form).
The most common use of this form is in the expression
ちに
った, which means 'long-awaited' or 'eagerly anticipated' - in other words, 'waited extremely eagerly (for)':
わたし
った
ついにジョンやってきた
I waited and waited and at last John arrived.
However, the form can be used with many verbs.
わたし
たち
わら
わら
った

We laughed and laughed.
でんしゃ
電車
おく
おく
れた

The train was extremely delayed.
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Kanji used in this grammar

タイ   ま to wait   
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2
シ   わたくし    わたし I, myself   
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2
ショウ   わら to laugh   え to smile   
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3
デン    electricity   
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1
シャ   くるま car   
1
チ   おそ late   おくれる to be late   おくらす to make late   
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3
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