1/. A LITTLE = A LITTLE BIT [ means: a small amount ]
eg. : Tom told Mary a little bit about his past.
eg. : Natalie speaks a little German.
eg. : Only a little over half the class can swim.
2/. A LITTLE MORE / LESS
eg. : Justin poured me out a little more orange-juice.
eg. : Would u like some more coffee ? ` Just a little, thx. `
3/. A LITTLE OF
eg. : This city is regaining a little of its former splendour.
4/. A LITTLE ( usage in time / distance )
eg. : A little over 60 years ago, there was........
eg. : We only walked on a little and then turn back.
5/. MORE THAN A LITTLE / NOT A LITTLE
eg. : Jay was more than a little frightened by what he had seen.
A LITTLE is sometimes used as A LITTLE BIT as adverb :
eg. : I was a little disappointed with my test result.
eg. : I was a little bit disappointed with my test result.
More EXAMPLES of A LITTLE used as adverb :
eg. : We shall have to wait a little longer to see what happens.
eg. : The life in this village has only changed a little since I was a boy.
For your reference :
Sometimes we might as well say [ a bit ] instead of [ a little ]
eg. : I was a bit / a little disappointed with my test result.
Pls note that ` a bit ` is informal & is more commonly used in spoken English
while ` a little ` is more commonly used in written English.
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· 13 年前