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Which of the following sentences is correct?

I have a tremendous amount of respect in you.

I have a tremendous amount of respect for you.

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The noun "respect" takes "for" for its indirect object, not "in".

(This is nothing to do with meanings: it is just an accidental fact about the English noun "respect", that has to be learnt along with its spelling and pronunciation).

So "respect for you".

Evidence: The iWeb corpus contains 127 697 instances of "respect for", against 7 011 of "respect in". Looking through the first page of examples of "respect in", I didn't see a single one where "in" introduced the object of the respect.

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    The verb would not be have, @Mv Log. You may have in him a great friend but you do not have great respect in him. What you have must be of the same ilk or kind (or at least something which can be compared to it) as the object of the preposition in in that construction. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Aug 14 '18 at 19:46
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    You could say I have a great helper in you or I have a great worker in you or I have a great beast of burden in you or I have a great I-do-not-know-what in you. But you cannot say I have a great concern in you. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Aug 14 '18 at 19:51
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    @Mv Log: That's an entirely different construction. Do you have it in you? means "Do you have the fortitude | energy | gumption | chutzpah | whatever {to do something}?" – Tᴚoɯɐuo Aug 14 '18 at 20:08
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    @MvLog "There is no kindness or respect in me." I agree with you that this is okay. However, the specific context is different than in the question here. Somebody may be said to have respect "in" themselves (which they could "give" to somebody else), but they can't have respect "in" somebody else. – Jason Bassford Supports Monica Aug 14 '18 at 20:47
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    Why mix up two different things? And why don't all you people who want to discuss respect for x in y, put up a different answer. Basically, Colin's answer covers the OP's question. The rest is extra. – Lambie Aug 14 '18 at 21:37

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