Opportune timing with "chen"

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趁 (chèn) is a preposition that means to 'take advantage of' an opportunity or favorable time to do something. It is normally followed by an adjective or a short phrase explaining the situation that the person is seeking to take advantage of.


趁 + [Situation / Opportunity]


  • 年轻,多 去 玩玩 吧。You guys should go have more fun while you're still young.
  • 天气 好,我 要 去 野餐。While the weather is good, I'm going on a picnic.
  • 老板 不 在,我们 抽 一会 儿 烟 吧。When the boss isn't here, we can smoke for a little while.
  • 孩子 睡着 的 时候,我 洗 了 很 多 衣服。While the kids were asleep, I washed a lot of clothes.
  • 小偷 一定 是 我 不注意 的 时候 ,把 我 的 手机 偷走 的。The thief must have stolen my cell phone when I wasn't paying attention.

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