Languages › Japanese What Is "Kedo" in Japanese? Share Flipboard Email Print Languages History & Culture Essential Japanese Vocabulary Japanese Grammar By Namiko Abe Japanese Language Expert B.A., Kwansei Gakuin University Namiko Abe is a Japanese language teacher and translator, as well as a Japanese calligraphy expert. She has been a freelance writer for nearly 20 years. our editorial process Namiko Abe Updated February 25, 2020 "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 a 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. Cite this Article Format mla apa chicago Your Citation Abe, Namiko. "What Is "Kedo" in Japanese?" ThoughtCo, Feb. 16, 2021, thoughtco.com/what-is-kedo-in-japanese-sentence-4037930. Abe, Namiko. (2021, February 16). What Is "Kedo" in Japanese? Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/what-is-kedo-in-japanese-sentence-4037930 Abe, Namiko. "What Is "Kedo" in Japanese?" ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/what-is-kedo-in-japanese-sentence-4037930 (accessed March 5, 2021). copy citation Japanese Lesson: Particles "O" and "No" Sentence Ending Particles in Japanese Talking on the Phone Japanese Particle: To The Meaning of 'Nani' in Japanese The Difference Between "Kudasai" and "Onegaishimasu" in Japanese Japanese Greetings and Parting Phrases Most Common Sentence Ending Particles in Japanese Sentences (2) How to Say "Want" or "Desire" in Japanese What Does Konnichiwa Mean in Japanese? First Meetings and Introductions in Japanese How to Use the Particle Ni in Japanese The Meaning of '-N Desu' in Japanese How to Use Particle De in Japanese What Does Iiyo Mean in Japanese? The Conditional "Nara" and the Song "Shiawase Nara Te o Tatakou"