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i'm getting confused with the で particle in this sentence. This line belongs to Keno.

The complete line is: こんなに単純で当たり前なことが 本当は、一番見失いがちだからね.

  • Do you have anything to show an attempt at reconciling it's meaning or have you tried to translate it? – BJCUAI Mar 10 '18 at 1:01
  • 'It's these natural and obvious things that get lost first' – Chrollo Mar 10 '18 at 2:52
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「こんなに単純{たんじゅん}当{あ}たり前{まえ}ことが 本当{ほんとう}は、一番{いちばん}見失{みうしな}いがちだからね。」

First, notice (if you have not) that two na-adjectives are used to modify 「こと」 in this sentence -- 「単純な」 and 「当たり前な」 to use their dictionary forms.

To connect multiple adjectives or verbs in one clause, all except the last one must be conjugated into their 連用形{れんようけい} ("continuative form"). Thus it is incorrect to say:

「単純当たり前こと」 using 「な」 twice

You need to turn the first adjective 「単純」 into its 連用形. Its 連用形 is 「単純」. Voilà, that is the answer. The correct phrase is:

「単純当たり前こと」

Finally, here is how na-adjective 「単純な」 conjugates.

未然形{みぜんけい} (imperfective form): 単純だろ(う)

連用形{れんようけい} (continuative form): 単純だっ(た)、単純(ある/ない) and 単純

終止形{しゅうしけい} (predicative form): 単純

連体形{れんたいけい} (attributive form): 単純

仮定形{かていけい} (hypothetical form): 単純なら

(Unlike with verbs, there is no 命令形{めいれいけい} (imperative form) for adjectives.)

So, the sentence means:

"Things that are this simple and ordinary are actually the things that we most tend to lose sight of."

It was on purpose that I have written a much longer answer than I should have because I keep seeing questions regarding adjective and verb conjugations asked when the questioners themselves do not even seem to be aware that they are conjugation questions.

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