Short/contracted forms and long forms in the Simple Past

Advertisements

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

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

1. Affirmative forms

Pronouns Long forms Contracted forms
I, he, she, it, we, you, they I went not possible
you went
he went
they went

2. Negative forms

Pronouns Long forms Contracted forms
I, he, she, it, we, you, they I did not go I didn't go
you did not go you didn't go
he did not go he didn't go