What is "kedo" in Japanese sentence?

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"Kedo" (sometimes "keredo") is a particle that follows a clause. It translates into "but."

 

Kore wa chiisai desu kedo, 
omoi desu.

これは小さいですけど、重いです。
This is small, but heavy.
Yonda kedo, wakarimasen deshita. 
読んだけど、分かりませんでした。
I read it, but I didn't understand it.


In many cases when "kedo" is used at the end of sentence, the original meaning "but" fades away, and it simply functions as a softener to avoid an abrupt remark.

Yakyuu ga suki desu ka. 
野球が好きですか。
Do you like baseball?
Hai, suki desu kedo. 
はい、好きですけど。
Yes, I like it.


When making a phone call and identifying yourself, "kedo" is often used as a softener.

Tanaka desu kedo.
田中ですけど。
This is Tanaka.