Do you believe in love at first sight?
Or do you believe that love is “a temporary insanity curable by marriage”?
No matter which side you fall on, you should probably know this chengyu: 一见钟情(yí jiàn zhōng qíng).
一见钟情 (yí jiàn zhōng qíng) means “love at first sight.” It’s generally used for people, but you can also use it for material things.
A breakdown of the characters in 一见钟情 (yí jiàn zhōng qíng):
一 (yí): one – here indicates the first time (note that the second tone for yí is unusual here)
见 (jiàn): to see (eg. 见面 – jiàn miàn)
钟 (zhōng): usually means clock, but here means to concentrate your affections
情(qíng): here means love (eg. 爱情 – ài qíng)
Observing 一见钟情(yí jiàn zhōng qíng) in the wild reveals that it has a ton of usages.
Usage 1) As a Verb.
Example 1 A)
“wǒmen zài dàxué yíjiànzhōngqíng, cóng méiyǒu xiǎng guò fēnkāi “
“In college we fell in love at first sight, and have never ever thought of breaking up”
Example 1 B)
“shénme xuèxíng de nánnǚ zuì róngyì yíjiànzhōngqíng? “
“Guys with what kind of blood type most easily fall in love at first sight?”
Example 1 C)
“chāo Q chuàngyì értóng yīguì, ràng háizimen yíjiànzhōngqíng “
“Super Q Creative Children’s Wardrobe makes kids fall in love at first sight“
Usage 2) As a Noun.
Example 2 A)
“tā jiùshì wǒ de yíjiànzhōngqíng“
“She is my love at first sight.”
Example 2 B)
“tāmen shuō zhèyàng de àiqíng shì yíjiànzhōngqíng “
“They say this kind of love is love at first sight.”
Example 2 C)
“zhè cì hé tā yíjiànmiàn, bùzhī wèihé jiù yǒudiǎn xīndòng le, nándào zhè jiùshì suǒwèi de yíjiànzhōngqíng? “
“This time when I met with him, I don’t know why, but I felt a little spark – is this what they call love at first sight?“
Usage 3) 一见钟情 + 的 + Noun.
Example 3 A)
“qíshí, měigè nǚrén hé nánrén de xīnlǐ, dōu yǒu yíjiànzhōngqíng de kěwàng “
“Actually, in every girl and guy’s heart, they all have a desire for love at first sight“
Example 3 B)
“fánshì nánnǚ dìyīcì jiànmiàn, rúguǒ tǐwēn wéichí zài shèshì 38.6 dù de huà, yíjiànzhōngqíng de jīlǜ huì gāodá bā chéng “
“If when a guy and girl meet for the first time, their body temperature stays at 38.6 degrees Celsius, then the probability of love at first sight can get as high as 80%”
Usage 4) 一见钟情 + 地 + Verb.
Example 4 A)
“zài yī cì jiāotōng shìgù zhōng, tā yíjiànzhōngqíng de àishàng le hùshì xǔnuò “
“In the middle of an automobile accident, he fell in love at first sight with the nurse Xu Nuo”
Usage 5) 让/令人 + 一见钟情 + 的 + Noun.
Example 5 A)
“xīn bǎomǎ 7 xì yōngyǒu jīngdiǎn háohuá jiàochē lìngrén yíjiànzhōngqíng de mèilì “
“The new BMW 7 series has the appeal of a classic luxury sedan that can make you fall in love with it at first sight“
Example 5 B)
“tā shì yī gè ràng wǒ yíjiànzhōngqíng de nǚhái, wǒ zháomí yú tā de qìzhí”
“She is a girl who made me fall in love at first sight – I am obsessed with her temperament”
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