Pinyin: sān shēng yǒu xìng
三生: three lifetimes
This idiom typically describes an individual, situation, or other noun that bears a great deal of luck; literally, three lifetimes of blessing. Typically, the idiom describes the fate behind meaningful relationships: a sort of “I’m so lucky to have met you!”
One day as a man walked through the market, he heard a salesman selling spears and shields. The salesman said, “No spear in the world can pierce my shields!” Right after, the salesman said, “No shield in the world can block the strength of my spears!” The man asked the salesman, “What would happen if I used your spear to stab your shield? What would happen then?”
The salesman did not know how to answer the man’s question. From then on, people have used 自相矛盾 to describe a person who exaggerates the severity of a situation or a person who tells a story that contradicts itself.
HOW TO USE “三生有幸” IN A SENTENCE
I’m incredibly lucky to have met you.
If I could develop an incredibly close relationship with a friend, I would be incredibly lucky.
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