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English Grammar: who or what?

I feel confused in choosing between ‘what’ and ‘who’ in the following question:

I want to be liked and loved for____I am inside.

A. who B. where C. what D. how

B and D are obviously wrong. However, I feel confused when it comes to which to choose between A and C.
Could anyone help me make a definitive choice?

English Language & Usage Asked on November 14, 2021

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Because English is a context-dependent language, this sort of artificial question set by unthinking examiners is usually pointless.

My guess is that the intended answer is "who".

However, as has been discussed in the comments, all options are possible but they have different meanings. Here are some examples: If I spent longer I could make them more convincing.

I want to be liked and loved for who I am inside. ---> I want to be liked and loved for the person I am inside.

I want to be liked and loved for where I am inside. ---> I want to be liked and loved for the stage I have reached in my personal development.

I want to be liked and loved for what I am inside. ---> I want to be liked and loved for the bundle of emotions that I am inside.

I want to be liked and loved for how I am inside. ---> I want to be liked and loved for my interior essence.

Answered by chasly - supports Monica on November 14, 2021

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