In the following sentence:

I would like to buy a ticket.

What is the usage of が?

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    Does this answer your question? Native usage of けど Jan 7, 2021 at 19:30
  • @user3856370 While I agree that the essence of the answer is there, I'm not satisfied with the answers in this related question because it doesn't really make enough of a strong connection between けど and が.
    – ajsmart
    Jan 7, 2021 at 19:33
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    Can I use けど instead of が in the sentence above? Jan 7, 2021 at 19:33
  • @QuinceBlossom Yes, they are pretty much interchangeable in this case.
    – ajsmart
    Jan 7, 2021 at 19:33
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    Does this answer your question? けど at the end of the sentence? Jan 8, 2021 at 2:24

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1 Clause1 ga. ( . . . ) in unfinished sentences

Sentences where S2 is left unsaid (implied) are commonly used, especially for introducing requests, to test the listener’s reaction, but also to imply that realization of S2 is not possible or realistic.

a) ちょっとすみません......。

Chotto sumimasen ga......

Excuse me.

b) ちょっとお伺いしたいんです

Chotto o-ukagai shitai n desu ga.

Could I ask you something?

c) 覚えていないんです......。

Oboete inai n desu ga......

I don’t remember.

Source: Japanese: A Comprehensive Grammar. Routledge (2013)



If you want an explanation in Japanese

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    Snapping and uploading screenshots is really not an ideal practice and should be discouraged. It is not searchable and may be hard to see on some devices. Since this is a fairly straightforward question that calls for a straightforward answer, I suggest you summarize that paragraph and type out their examples in a block quote. Btw, good job locating that passage. It's right on.
    – Eddie Kal
    Jan 7, 2021 at 20:03
  • I hadn't thought of that. Good catch. I'll do it properly from now on :) Jan 7, 2021 at 20:10

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