I wonder what is the meaning of for in this sentence. "Elizabeth suddenly sees Darcy for who he is" please explain the meaning with some examples. how can I say that sentence in another way? Bahman
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This is indeed a strange idiom, for it appears extremely redundant (if you can see someone, how can you not see them for who they are?). I expect this is particularly vexing to those not used to English as their first language.
The meaning of this phrase is to understand a person's true nature, or at least certain important attributes of their personality. It is usually employed when a person's actions suddenly reveal something about them which a another person might not have assumed based on their previous knowledge and/or assumptions. Usually, it refers to a negative quality which a person might want to keep hidden, or which might be surprising because it is not how a presumably good person would act. Frequently, it implies a drastic change in how a person feels about another, and whether their relationship can continue as it was.
Other ways to phrase this might be "Elizabeth suddenly understood Darcy's true nature." A more specific "and arbitrary" example might be "Darcy's treatment of the child made Elizabeth see him in a different light," or "Elizabeth felt that Darcy's behavior this evening had revealed his true colors."
It's the same for = as = like = in the manner of usage as...
I want you as/for a friend, not [as/for] a lover
OP's example could be replaced (somewhat less idiomatically) by...
She sees him as [who] he is
...but note that syntactically we can't discard who (or what, particularly with an inanimate referent) in the for version.