is an expression that combines んだ
(explaining/giving cause), with けど
(but). Together they translate simply as ‘but...’, although the nuance is actually closer to ‘but with (A) as the reason… (B)’, while (B) is sometimes left unsaid. This implies that the speaker is looking for a reply, or does not want to say the (B) part of the sentence out of politeness/awkwardness.
I feel like you are being helpful, but I can handle it by myself, so you can go home.
I am going to go fishing tomorrow, but senpai, do you also want to go?
I want to buy a new computer, but… I don't know which one to buy.
There are several different forms of this construction that are mostly interchangeable with each other. From most casual, to most formal, they are as follows:
may be replaced with の
in any of the above expressions. However, it will again make it slightly more formal.
んだが, or simply だが is probably the ‘strongest’ out of these possibilities, and is considered quite masculine. If you are going to use this form, we recommend making sure that your tone is a bit softer, so that it does not sound too authoritative.
ん (or の)
may sometimes be omitted completely, but this is not so common in modern Japanese.