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    a little bit

    Hello again teachers,

    Can (a little bit) be used at the last of a sentence or not?

    Look at my example: Would you please explain it a little bit?

    Can that structure be correct or not?

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    Re: a little bit

    not a teacher

    Can "a little bit" be used at the end of a sentence, or not?

    Yes, it can.
    I'm not very disappointed, just a little bit.
    Please move your chair to the left a little bit.
    That cake looks good, can I have a little bit?
    The music's too loud, turn it down a little bit.
    …and of course your own example is fine too.


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    Re: a little bit

    Thank you very much. It was useful.

    Just one more thing.

    I know what a little bit is. As far as I know, after (a little bit) we use (adjective)

    For example: a little bit hard - a little bit old - a little bit tired

    I want to know whether we can use a (noun) after a little bit or not.

    For example: a little bit water - a little bit oil - a little bit anger = (are these correct or not?)

    I know that if we want to use it with a noun, we should use (of) = a little bit of water

    But I just want to whether after (a little bit) we can use a noun or only adjective?

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    Re: a little bit

    Quote Originally Posted by sb70012 View Post
    Thank you very much. It was useful.

    Just one more thing.

    I know what a little bit is. As far as I know, after (a little bit) we use (adjective)

    For example: a little bit hard - a little bit old - a little bit tired These are not natural. It was a little hard. Somewhat old. Though "I feel a little bit tired" sounds okay.

    I want to know whether we can use a (noun) after a little bit or not.

    For example: a little bit of water - a little bit of oil - a little bit of anger = (are these correct or not?) (She's not as calm as she appears. Her words betrayed a little bit of anger, I think.)

    I know that if we want to use it with a noun, we should use (of) = a little bit of water Yes we should

    But I just want to whether after (a little bit) we can use a noun or only adjective?
    The examples given by JMurray are more natural than anything in your post.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: a little bit

    Quote Originally Posted by JMurray View Post
    not a teacher

    Can "a little bit" be used at the end of a sentence, or not?

    Yes, it can.
    I'm not very disappointed, just a little bit.
    Please move your chair to the left a little bit.
    That cake looks good, can I have a little bit?
    The music's too loud, turn it down a little bit.
    …and of course your own example is fine too.

    One American told me:
    "A little bit" is not wrong in itself, and it could go at the end of the sentence, but it sounds just a little childish.
    "A bit" is colloquial: "Does it hurt?" - "Yes, a bit". In more formal English that would be "Yes, a little."
    "Yes, a little bit" is something a child would say, or an adult who didn't mind sounding twee. (Others may disagree.) In any case, it is colloquial. I could say but not write something like: "A little bit of sugar helps the medicine go down."

    Is it true that it looks childish if it's at the end?

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    Re: a little bit

    Quote Originally Posted by sb70012 View Post
    One American told me:
    "A little bit" is not wrong in itself, and it could go at the end of the sentence, but it sounds just a little childish.
    "A bit" is colloquial: "Does it hurt?" - "Yes, a bit". In more formal English that would be "Yes, a little."
    "Yes, a little bit" is something a child would say, or an adult who didn't mind sounding twee. (Others may disagree.) In any case, it is colloquial. I could say but not write something like: "A little bit of sugar helps the medicine go down."

    Is it true that it looks childish if it's at the end?
    I disagree with that statement, at least as far as BrE is concerned.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: a little bit

    Ok thank you. I just wanted to be sure.

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