MC spots girls A and B who he recently got to know. C = childhood friend of MC.








(MC) おお、意外にノリがいいな。


B:「What about it, aren't you always with C-sempai?」

MC:「Huh、I'm only talking in terms of how close you two seem.」

B:「If you say that, I don't hear it that way (feels like you were insinuating more), strange.」

MC:「Rebellious aren't you, as expected of just a wrench.」 (a play on ひねくる vs ひねくれる)

B:「As expected from a wrench tool? That was not a good joke at all!!」

(MC) Unexpectedly she got the joke.

"仲良いな"って意味 and ヒネくれてんなー are normal sentence ending な, but how was ヒネくれてん abbreviated?

What are the な in レンチだけ and ヒネる工具だけに?

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    what are the な in レンチなだけ and ヒネる工具なだけに -- The な's are the attributive form of the auxiliary (or the copula) 「だ」, and not the particle な. It's #1 in dictionary.goo.ne.jp/jn/162228/meaning/m0u/%E3%81%AA
    – Chocolate
    Dec 12, 2018 at 17:18
  • why was this use here/ when would you choose to use this?
    – charu
    Dec 12, 2018 at 20:03
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    ^ そうですね... 明鏡国語辞典 says: だけに〘連語〙➊...(語法) 名詞には、直接つける用法のほか、「…なだけに」「…であるだけに」の形でもいう。「まだ 子供だけに/まだ子供なだけに/子供であるだけに」. 工具 is a noun, so you can do with or without the な. Both 「ヒネる工具だけに」 and 「ヒネる工具だけに」 sound fine, and I don't see semantic difference here. And 明鏡 also gives examples: だけ〘副助〙➏...「さすが音楽家だけのことはある」▹「…だけ(のことは)あって」の形で.... レンチ is a noun, so you can do without the な, saying 「さすがはレンチだけ(のことは)ある」 .
    – Chocolate
    Dec 13, 2018 at 15:29

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are normal sentence ending な but what how was ヒネくれてん abbreviated?

てん is a short slang form to ている

what are the な in レンチなだけ and ヒネる工具なだけに?

According to The Dictionary of Advanced Japanese Grammar, the pattern (さすがに)~なだけのことはある is an evaluative comment on something contributing to a remarkable, expected result. I presume なだけある is a short version of なだけのことはある...

So, the result in your case, is ひねくれる, and the natural reason contributing to this, is, that B is a レンチ.

I've found the same question asked also here, for reference to the short form: https://eikaiwa.dmm.com/uknow/questions/4278/

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    Re: "てん is a short slang form to ている", the contraction proceeds from ~ている → ~てる, and then only collapses to ~てん if the following word starts with a nasal or other voiced consonant. For instance, やっているが → やってんが, but やっているけど → やってるけど. Sometimes you'll still see やってんけど or similar, in which case the contraction includes a の: やっているのか → やってるのか → やってんのか → やってんか. Dec 12, 2018 at 17:48
  • @charu, please refer to the Formation (ii) section: Adj(na) + な/だった + だけのことはある
    – detewe89
    Dec 13, 2018 at 10:01
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    ^ Adj(na) + な/だった + だけのことはある <-- でも・・・ 「レンチ」「工具」って、na-adjective じゃなくて、名詞ですよね。。
    – Chocolate
    Dec 13, 2018 at 15:40

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