- Can you move a bit? (= Can you move a little?)
- Can you speak a bit louder? I cant hear you.
- Will you wait a bit?
- We were a bit late.
- I was a bit worried.
- I dont want to go out now. I am a bit tired.
- The watch was a bit expensive; nonetheless I decided to buy it.
- She is a bit old to wear those short skirts, isnt she?
We do not usually use a bit and a little with adjectives expressing positive ideas.
The film was a bit boring. (BUT NOT The film was a bit interesting.)
A bit of a
A bit of a means rather a. This expression is used before some nouns.
- He is a bit of a fool.
- I have got a bit of a problem.
Not a bit means not at all.
- I am not a bit worried. (= I am not at all worried.)
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As, since, because and for
A lot of, lots of, plenty of, a great deal of
Below and under
Above and over
Both and both of
As if and as though
Fairly, quite, pretty and rather
Finally, at last, in the end and at the end
No and none
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