somewhat / a little bit not good

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meijin

Senior Member
Japanese
Hello. My question isn't about subtle difference between somewhat and a little bit.
What I'd like to know is if "somewhat not good" and "a little bit not good" sound natural to native English speakers.

e.g.
"Am I doing the job well?"
"Hmm......a little bit not good."

I think the proper way of saying it is "Not quite good enough," but I'd like to know if "somewhat not good" and "a little bit not good" also work.

Thanks
 
  • cyberpedant

    Senior Member
    English USA, Northeast, NYC
    What I'd like to know is if "somewhat not good" and "a little bit not good" sound natural to native English speakers.
    Absolutely not. Neither "somewhat" nor "a little bit" collocate with a negated adjective. (There may be exceptions, but none come to mind.)
     
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