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Short forms and long forms in the Past Continuous

How to use short/contracted forms in Past Continuous

We use short/contracted forms of auxiliaries in spoken English. The Past Continuous is formed with the auxiliary to be (waswere), so short/contracted forms are only possible in negative sentences.

1. Affirmative forms

Pronouns Long forms Contracted forms
I was sleeping not possible
you you were sleeping
he, she, it he was sleeping
we, you, they they were sleeping

2. Negative forms

Pronouns Long forms Contracted forms
I was not sleeping wasn’t sleeping
you you were not sleeping you weren’t sleeping
he, she, it he was not sleeping he wasn’t sleeping
we, you, they they were not sleeping they weren’t sleeping