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

#### Dear life

##### Senior Member
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.

• #### heypresto

##### Senior Member
I'm a little/ a bit/ a little bit confused.

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

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

#### Dear life

##### Senior Member
Thanks heypresto!
Could you please tell me when it's likely to use them interchangeably??

#### Dear life

##### Senior Member
Which do you mean by "them"?
Them= A little, a bit, a little bit
When is it right to use three of them interchangeably?

#### PaulQ

##### Banned
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?"
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!"

Thanks PQ!

#### lingkky

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

Are they all the same in their usage？