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

PronounsLong formsContracted forms
Iwas sleepingnot possible
youyou were sleeping
he, she, ithe was sleeping
we, you, theythey were sleeping

2. Negative forms

PronounsLong formsContracted forms
Iwas not sleepingwasn’t sleeping
youyou were not sleepingyou weren’t sleeping
he, she, ithe was not sleepinghe wasn’t sleeping
we, you, theythey were not sleepingthey weren’t sleeping