a bit of a

schweizer

Senior Member
Spanish
Hello

Can you explain this to me?

You say a bit of cake: un poco de pastel
a bit of information
a bit of sth

But

What would be the meaning here and why

He is a bit of a bully
He is a bit of a soldier.

Why do you add an a and when you must do it.

Thank you!
 
  • kayokid

    Senior Member
    English, USA
    Hello. Just off the top of my head I would say that:

    a bit of something (a bit of cake, a bit of information, a bit of salt, etc.)
    a bit of a (with/referring to persons, people) = He is a bit of a bully = He is kind of a bully; He is a bit of an asshole = He is kind of an asshole, etc.
    Note: He is a bit of a pain in the neck/ass.

    I don't know if this works 100 per cent of the time. Wait for more opinions.

    Also: 'He is a bit of a soldier' sounds a bit odd to me.
     

    grahamcracker

    Senior Member
    English-TEXAS
    Hello. Just off the top of my head I would say that:

    a bit of something (a bit of cake, a bit of information, a bit of salt, etc.)
    a bit of a (with/referring to persons, people) = He is a bit of a bully = He is kind of a bully; He is a bit of an asshole = He is kind of an asshole, etc.
    Note: He is a bit of a pain in the neck/ass.

    I don't know if this works 100 per cent of the time. Wait for more opinions.

    Also: 'He is a bit of a soldier' sounds a bit odd to me.
    I agree.
     
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