A little, a bit, a little bit

mari6s

Senior Member
Are those three (a little, a bit, a little bit) equivalent?

More specifically, before an adjective: a little shy, a bit shy, a little bit shy, are they all usable in current conversation (in American English)?

I'm guessing a little bit is even smaller than the two others ; but are a little and a bit the same?
 
  • nugvivi

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    English - Canada
    All three mean basically the same thing before an adjective, yes. The difference between each phrase is minimal, therefore they are interchangeable. Inflection is what makes a difference in this case.
     
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