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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


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About けど・だけど

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.

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.


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?)




    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.


    I have money, but I won't buy (it).


    I don't like pork, but I eat chicken.

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けど・だけど – Grammar Discussion

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  • Fabi02


    So the dialogue in question comes from the beginning of the Manga “聲の形”, where 2 people (a boy and a girl) meet each other. When the girl recognizes the boy, she runs away, the boy follows her and screams “小6ン時の石田だけど”.


    It is later revealed that the boy used to bully the girl heavily 6 years prior

  • Marcus


    I’ve just bumped into this very same problem!

    Do you need to add a だ before けど after all て-form verbs, or just 初めて?
    Or is only 初めて possible here?
    Are all て-form verbs considered to be nouns?
    Is this worth mentioning in the grammar explanation?
    Sorry, so many questions! Hope someone can help! Thank you!

  • CowsAreBeautiful


    I also encountered some instances in which けど with the meaning of “but” doesn’t quite suit.
    In this video the other uses of けど made much more sense. けど Is Not Always But

    Quick Summary:
    けど as a particle marks the situation (A) and transferring to the main point of the sentence (B).

    → The situation is that tomorrow is Tanakas birthday (Situation)[けど], do you want to go there (Main Point).

    Effect: Before make a decision, here is the situation we are talking about.

    Another Example:
    → Tanaka gave me a melon just now (A → Situation)[けど], do you want to eat it? (B → Main Point)

    I think that also this concept applies pretty well to the translation of “but” and helped me a lot understanding these occurrences in the examples above or if someone picks up the pho...

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