Short forms and long forms in the Present Continuous

How to use short/contracted forms with the Present Continuous

We often use short/contracted forms of auxiliaries in spoken English. The Present Continuous is formed with the auxiliary to be (am, are, is), so short/contracted forms are very frequent.

1. Affirmative forms

Pronouns Long forms Contracted forms
I I am listening Im listening
you you are listening youre listening
he, she, it he is listening hes listening
we, you, they they are listening theyre listening

2. Negative forms (not after to be)

Pronouns Long forms Contracted forms
I I am not listening Im not listening
you you are not listening youre not listening
you aren’t listening
he, she, it he is not listening hes not listening
he isn’t listening
we, you, they they are not listening theyre not listening
they aren’t listening