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I'm trying to find examples of situations where "somewhat" and "a little bit" cannot be used interchangeably, but so far I didn't find any. Can you help me out please?
 
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Firstly, they're never interchangeable when the meaning is quantity.

How much cake do you want?
Just a little bit.

A little bit of magic for you.

However, they're somewhat similar when the meaning is degree. Not always, though. Most notably, before attributive adjectives (these are adjectives that come before a noun), you can use somewhat but not a little bit:

Although a somewhat difficult question, ...
He had a somewhat goggle-eyed expression.

Also, before certain adverbs, you can use somewhat but not a little bit.

somewhat similarly

Also, when used before verbs, only somewhat works.

It somewhat marred the performance.

Also remember that where they are interchangeable in terms of grammar and meaning, they have a different effect, since a little bit is somewhat conversational and somewhat is a little bit more formal.
 

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Wouldn't it be possible to place "a (little) bit" at the end of the sentence here?

It marred the perfomance a (little) bit.

Yes.
 

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But that is not an entirely interchangeable usage if they cannot be replaced directly in the same position.
 
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