Grammar Info
N5 Lesson 5: 5/12

But, However

More casual than が

Verb + けど
[い]Adjective + けど
[な]Adjective + + けど
Noun + + けど
Part of Speech Particle
Word Type Conjunctive Particle
Register Standard
品詞 助詞
単語の種類 接続助詞
使用域 一般
けど is one of the common conjunction particles in Japanese. These are particles that function by connecting the (A) and (B) parts of a sentence. けど works very similarly to , in that it highlights ‘while thinking about (A), (B)’. This means that けど will often come across as ‘but’ in English.
  • 毎日(まいにち)泳(およ)けど、今日(きょう)泳(およ)がない
    I swim everyday, but I will not swim today.
  • 北海道(ほっかいどう)寒(さむい)けど、綺麗(きれい)。
    Hokkaido is cold, but pretty.
  • 田舎(いなか)静(しず)かだけど、不便(ふべん)
    The countryside is quiet, but inconvenient.
  • これステーキだけど、冷(つめ)た
    This is a steak, but it is cold.
As can be seen from these examples, just like many other grammatical constructions, will be required when using けど after a な-Adjective, or a noun.
けど is just a modern (casual) version of けれども. Please see below for a list of the most casual, to the most formal variations.
Casual - けど - けども - けれど - けれども - - Formal
  • 私(わたし)肉(にく)食(た)べけども、野菜(やさい)好(す)き
    I eat meat, but I also like vegetables.
  • 私(わたし)水(みず)怖(こわ)けれど、泳(およ)のが好(す)きです
    I am afraid of the water, but I like to swim.
  • お酒(さけ)飲(の)けれども、ワイン飲(の)まないです
    I drink alcoholic beverages, but I don't drink wine.
  • 沖縄(おきなわ)綺麗(きれい)です、暑(あつ)です
    Okinawa is beautiful, but hot.
The phrase after けど will often be omitted if it is obvious, or the speaker does not want to say it.
  • パソコンないけど。(大丈夫(だいじょうぶ)?)
    I don't have a computer… (but is that okay?)
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It is convenient, but expensive.
I like that red T-shirt, but I will buy the blue one.
I take a shower every day, but today I will not.
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