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    #1

    Regarding the use of article.

    Sentence: "Agree, the game was bit boring in the first half." or "Agree, the game was a bit boring in the first half."


    My question: Is it necessary "grammatically" to use article "a" before the word bit or would it do without it ?


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    #2

    Re: Regarding the use of article.

    You need "a" before "bit."

    "A bit is often used as an adverb with the same meaning as a little, especially in informal British English." --According to Swan's, Practical English Usage.

    Also, instead of "Agree," I would say "Agreed" or "I agree."


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    Debra
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    Last edited by esltutor; 07-Jul-2010 at 22:15.

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    Re: Regarding the use of article.

    Hi razer. I'm currently half-way through my CELTA course. I have taught, but I don't know if that makes me a teacher!

    Anyway, "a bit" is the phrase. The article is always part of it.

    Use "a bit" in the same way as "slightly", "kind of", "quite", etc.

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