A: Who's going to be my partner?

B: Maybe I will.

C: But you also have an exceptional candidate in me!

Why did C say like that? What is the meaning of 'in' here?

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    It means the same as "You see in me an exceptional candidate", or in other words, "You see me as an exceptional candidate". – Tasneem ZH Mar 9 '19 at 12:22
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    B should be "Maybe I will", or "Maybe I'll be'. Nobody says the bare shortened form of 'will', 'am', 'are', etc at the end of a sentence or utterance like that. – Michael Harvey Mar 9 '19 at 12:38

If you know the Randy Newman song "You've Got a Friend in Me", it's the same use of in: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/You%27ve_Got_a_Friend_in_Me

"You've got a friend in me" = "I am your friend"

"You have an exceptional candidate in me" = "I am an exceptional candidate for you"

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C thinks he/she is a good partner for A.

However, it doesn't necessarily mean that A sees an exceptional candidate in C.

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    I'm less confident that C actually thinks they would be a good partner. However, regardless of how they personally feel about it, they're attempting to make the claim that they would be. – Ed Grimm Mar 9 '19 at 13:16

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