Short forms and long forms in the Present Simple

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How to use short/contracted forms with the Present Simple?

We often use short/contracted forms of auxiliaries in spoken English. The Present Simple is formed with a main verb, so short/contracted forms are only used in the negative forms.

1. Affirmative forms

PronounsLong formsContracted forms
II playnot possible
youyou play
he, she, ithe plays
we, you, theythey play

2. Negative forms

PronounsLong formsContracted forms
II do not playI don’t play
youyou do not playyou don’t play
he, she, ithe does not playhe doesn’t play
we, you, theythey do not playthey don’t play