'A little'/ 'A bit'/ 'A little bit'

Dear life

Senior Member
India- Bengali
Can I use 'a little', 'a bit' and 'a little bit' interchangeably?
Like--
1)I'm a little/ a bit/ a little bit confused.
2)I went to your house a little/ a bit/ a little bit ago.
Please help!
 
  • heypresto

    Senior Member
    English - England
    I'm a little/ a bit/ a little bit confused. :tick:

    I went to your house a little/ a bit/ a little bit ago. :cross:

    I went to your house a while ago. :tick:
    I went to your house a little while ago. :tick:
     

    PaulQ

    Senior Member
    UK
    English - England
    Most times (but not always) they are interchangeable. They all mean "a small amount". They all describe an indefinite quantity. The approximate quantity is implied by the context.

    A: "How much sand have you for sale?"
    B: "Two thousand tonnes."
    A: "OK, I'll have a little, a bit, a little bit of that."
    B: "How much do you want?"
    A: "Twenty-five tonnes."
    B: "That's a nice-looking cake that you are eating."
    A: "Do you want a little, a bit, a little bit?"
    B: "Yes please."
    A: [gives him a quarter of the cake.]
    B: "Whoa! That's far too much! I said "a little, a bit, a little bit. Half of that amount would have been enough!"
     

    lingkky

    Senior Member
    chinese
    Hello.
    What is the difference between the three “a bit”,“a little” and “a little bit”?

    Are they all the same in their usage?
     

    SimonTsai

    Senior Member
    Taiwanese Mandarin
    Hello.
    What is the difference between the three “a bit”,“a little” and “a little bit”?

    Are they all the same in their usage?
    In my opinion, 'a bit' implies 'a bite' or 'a mouthful', which is a small amount and thus is virtually equivalent to 'a little'. The combination of the two 'a little bit' puts more emphasis upon how small the amount mentioned is.
     

    Florentia52

    Modwoman in the attic
    English - United States
    Hello.
    What is the difference between the three “a bit”,“a little” and “a little bit”?

    Are they all the same in their usage?
    If reading the earlier posts in this thread doesn’t answer your question, please give us an example sentence that makes it clear what is still confusing you.
     
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