A bit

Posted by Manjusha Filed in Practical English Usage

A bit means a little. It is quite common in informal British English.

We do not usually use a bit and a little with adjectives expressing positive ideas.

Compare:

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.

Not a bit means not at all.

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As, since, because and for
All
A lot of, lots of, plenty of, a great deal of
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Above and over
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