JLPT N3 Grammar (dakedo)


but; however; although; regarding ~

How to use

Verb (casual) + んだ/のだけど
Noun + だ/だった/です
Noun + なんだ/なのだ
な-adjective + だ/だった
な-adjective + なんだ/なのだ
い-adjective + い/かった
い-adjective + いんだ/いのだ
dakedo だけど jlpt n3 grammar meaning 文法 例文 japanese flashcards

Learn Japanese grammar: (dakedo) & (desu kedo). Meaning: but; however; although; regarding ~.

This is the conjunction particle preceded by a 「だ」 or 「です」.

To become more casual, this is usually further preceded with a 「の」 or 「ん」 to become 「のだけど」 or 「んだけど」.

Different meanings

  1. Show contrast: but; however; although (examples 1 ~ 4)
  2. Sentence ending with けど (examples 5 ~ 7)
    • Sometimes the sentence may end with けど, leaving the sentence unfinished to imply what the speaker wants to say without saying it directly.
    • This can be used to either soften the sentence or express the speakers emotions (frustration, anger, anxiety, etc.) or complaints.
  3. To bring up topics: regarding ~; as for ~ (examples 8 ~ 9)

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Example #1

sukii ikitai n dakedo, okane ga zenzen nai yo.
I want to go skiing, but I have no money.
Example #2

kanojo wa kawaii n dakedo boku no taipu dewa nai.
She's cute, but not my type.
Example #3

konshuu wa hima dakedo, raishuu wa isogashii.
I am free this week, but next week I am busy.
Example #4

kare ni denwa shita n dakedo, hanashi chuu de tuujinakatta.
I called him, but he was busy and I couldn't get through.
Example #5

sou da to ii n dakedo.
I hope that's true, but...
Example #6

haha:「chotto, tetsudatte kurenai?」
musume:「ima, benkyou shiteru n dakedo…」
Mother: Can you give me a hand?
Daughter: I'm studying now... (may express irritation)
Example #7

watashi wa onnna dakedo. sore ga nani ka?
Yes, I am a woman. Is there some sort of problem?
Example #8

watashitachi, eiga ni iku no dakedo. isshoni ikanai?
We're going to see a movie. Do you want to come with us?
Example #9

ashita dakedo, machiawase jikan dou suru?
As for tomorrow, what time should we meet up?

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