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An English expert at the end of his answer to a question, which is published online, wrote

I hope this helps.

Would the meaning be (slightly) different if he had written "I hope this will help" instead?

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    The meaning won't be different, but the specific phrasing "I hope this helps" is so common that HTH is a standard abbreviation for "[I] Hope This Helps" on the internet. – Canadian Yankee Mar 7 '18 at 16:09

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