I don't understand the "that she meant what I think she did" part:

I really hope... that she meant what I think she did.

Can it be paraphrased to clarify this?

Here is the fuller context:

My heart was beating so fast. I rolled over, I felt so... I don't know, nervous? After a minute she put her arm around me, and was so close, and whispered in my ear, "I really like you." I just nodded my head and I really hope she could tell. I really hope... that she meant what I think she did.

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    It would help if you told us what you want the sentence to mean. Why not keep the sentence as is? Aug 20, 2013 at 22:06
  • Becouse i dont get "that she meant what I think she did" phrase. Aug 20, 2013 at 22:16
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    What's the context? That sentence on its own could have different meanings depending on the context. Aug 20, 2013 at 22:20
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    I think OP is asking for a paraphrase that replaces and explains the meaning of the phrase in question. ... 1) She meant X. 2) I think she meant A. 3) I hope that X = A. Aug 20, 2013 at 22:45
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    Igor, I've included the context in the question. If you want a paraphrase, it is imperative to describe the context. "Mary had a little lamb" can mean different things in the pasture and in the restaurant.
    – J.R.
    Aug 21, 2013 at 1:07

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It sounds to me like the narrator is falling in love. He is full of hope.

I'd paraphrase it like this:

I like her. I like her a lot. I think she just confessed that she likes me, too. I hope I'm not misinterpreting her remarks; I hope she really does like me.

In the sentence, "...what I think she did" refers to "...what I think she meant." So, he is saying, "I hope she means what I think she means." In other words, "I hope I'm not making faulty assumptions about what she is saying."

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