Take the 2-minute tour ×
Japanese Language Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for students, teachers, and linguists wanting to discuss the finer points of the Japanese language. It's 100% free, no registration required.

焼き鳥屋さんで集まったのですが、とても楽しい、かつ有意義な時間を過ごしました。

share
    
This sentence is strange besides the point asked. It should be とても楽しく、かつ. –  sawa Aug 17 '11 at 16:13

1 Answer 1

~のですが (or ~のですけれども, or ~んだけど, or any of a number of variants) is often used in this way to "set the stage" and provide a context for a succeeding clause or sentence. Here, the purpose of ~のですが is to mark information that will help the listener understand the second half of the sentence. As such, the が here is best translated into English as "and", not "but".

This is one of the many uses of ~のだ to provide supporting information for other statements.

share

This site is currently not accepting new answers.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .