essential-chengyu-love-first-sight

Essential Chengyu: Love at First Sight

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)

我们在大学一见钟情,从没有想过分开 “

“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)

什么血型的男女最容易一见钟情? “

“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)

超Q创意儿童衣柜,让孩子们一见钟情 “

“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)

她就是我的一见钟情 “

“tā jiùshì wǒ de yíjiànzhōngqíng

“She is my love at first sight.”

Example 2 B)

他们说这样的爱情是一见钟情 “

“tāmen shuō zhèyàng de àiqíng shì yíjiànzhōngqíng

“They say this kind of love is love at first sight.”

Example 2 C)

这次和他一见面,不知为何就有点心动了,难道这就是所谓的一见钟情 “

“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)

其实,每个女人和男人的心里,都有一见钟情的渴望 “

“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)

凡是男女第一次见面,如果体温维持在摄氏38.6度的话,一见钟情的几率会高达八成 “

 “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)

在一次交通事故中,他一见钟情地爱上了护士许诺 “

“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)

新宝马7系拥有经典豪华轿车令人一见钟情的魅力 “

“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)

她是一个让我一见钟情的女孩,我着迷于她的气质 “

“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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