a little / a bit in negative

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Lee Sang

I know the two senteces below are interchangeable.
The lecture was a bit boring.
The lecture was a little boring.

But I don't know if it is possible for the sentences below to interchange.
He was not a bit surprised.
He was not a little surprised.

Are they the same in meaning??

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  • lingobingo

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    English - England
    The second two mean the opposite of each other.

    He was not a bit surprised = He was not in the least surprised

    He was not [just] a little surprised = He was more than a little surprised; he was greatly surprised
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