The word "bit" is a noun that is used for an amount. A large amount is quite a bit; a small amount is a little bit or a tiny bit. A bit (all by itself) can be large or small.
- I’ll see you in a little bit. (a short time)
- Their company made quite a bit of money last year. (a large amount of money)
- She needs a bit of time to consider her decision. (some time, maybe a long time)
- "This will hurt a little bit," said the nurse as she vaccinated her patient.
- He knows quite a bit about computers. (He knows a lot about computers.)
- They’ll need a bit of time to find new jobs.
- She’s a bit angry at her boss. (a little angry)
- I’ll have just a tiny bit of that cake–not too much.
Notice that "bit" is usually used with the article "a."
There are a few other ways to use the word "bit."
The word "bit" is also the past tense of the verb "bite."
- Sarah bit into her sandwich.
- Jimmy bit his little brother.
- I accidentally bit my tongue.
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May 25, 2014