After buying a record on the net, I received this message from the artist "hope you like it". I was wondering why it is not "hope you will like it", as I have not received the record yet, so it is future, I don't have the record right now.

Is it because as it was bought on the net, I had the possibility to listen to it before buying it.

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    It's perfectly natural to use present tense when referring to future events like this. Compare, for example, I hope I win the lottery tomorrow, where if you hear someone say I hope I will win the lottery tomorrow there's a good chance you're listening to a non-native speaker. Present as future is a common usage in English, and we nearly always tend to prefer simpler tenses wherever they're "acceptable". Commented Jul 24, 2017 at 17:45

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As @FumbleFingers also stated, it's perfectly normal to use the present tense to refer to events that would technically be described in the future tense (in idiomatic English, at least). This is most likely due to a contraction of the phrase "I hope you'll like it", as over time, the ll in you'll got melded more and more into the word you.

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