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    Question A bit

    Hi:
    Is "a bit" an informal way of expressing "slightly"?

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    Re: A bit

    Is "a bit" an informal way of expressing "slightly"?
    I don't really think it's informal, but it can take the meaning of slightly, among other things such as a small amount, portion, or degree. It has wide usage.
    Ex:
    Turn it down just a bit.
    Tell me a bit about yourself.
    Let's spend a bit of time together this weekend.
    Wait a bit and he'll show up.
    I'm not too hungry but I can eat just a bit.
    He's in a bit of trouble.
    I'm a bit confused.
    He's a bit under the weather today.
    Let's chat a bit.
    It's a bit off center.

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    Re: A bit

    Thanks, Fizi. Note, however, that all your examples are taken from the casual language: I haven't found convincing examples of its use in formal language. So, my question is still waiting for the answer. Is "a bit" informal or can be used in formal language, too?

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    Re: A bit

    If "slightly" is synonymous with to a small degree; somewhat, then, yes, a bit (e.g., I feel a bit warm; It's a bit crazy) is standard English. It's an idiom.

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