A little / a little / a bit?

@XoyyoX (1055)
China
October 13, 2008 2:37am CST
One of my students asks me that, what's the difference between "a little" "a little bit" "a bit" in the sentences below: 1. I'm a little tired. 2. I'm a bit tired. 3. I'm a little bit tired. I'm not quite sure, but my friends from UK say they mean the same. is that so? i need your help, buddy! thank you.
2 responses
@amoisan (240)
• Canada
13 Oct 08
well right now im a bit tired not to tired just a little bit no no no just a little lol its all the same bit. people use bit as slang or to sub for small,little,tiny,miniture.
@XoyyoX (1055)
• China
13 Oct 08
LOL LOL You, amoisan, give us quite a good example to show...
@sandymay16 (1619)
• Philippines
13 Oct 08
A little is same as a bit. It means a small portion, a small part, a tiny part. So when we say a little bit we're being redundant. I guess we say a little bit sometimes or always because we don't know that it's the same, killing time for another word to say especially when you don't know the answer to the teacher's question. LOL I know a song which has the first line that goes, I want to be your friend a little bit more ... I'm not sure or I'm not quite sure.
@XoyyoX (1055)
• China
13 Oct 08
yeah, i see what you mean, but i can hear now and then that some young guys like the "a little bit" expression, maybe they are all fans of the song's singer. lol