I've seen this sentence in a song, I think this sentence is correct grammatically and I am wondering why the author has chosen future not present after until then.

"may be I'll get to you some day until then I'll keep on walking through the rain."

I think "will" is here not to indicate the future but the fact that the person is willing to keep on walking. Am I right?

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The writer has used the future tense because the hypothetical end of the walking is in the future (the 'some day' when 'maybe I'll get to you).

  • Why doesn't the singer just get a bus? Or an Uber? Aug 2, 2022 at 10:34

Actually it does both. Definition of "will:

expressing the future tense Lexico

But is also helps emphasise how the person is willing to keep on walking through the rain till the person gets to "you". "until then" here might be a future time clause:

A future time clause is a subordinate clause that contains a conjunction such as when, as soon as, before, after, until, etc. The special thing about these clauses is that they use a present tense to refer to an action or event in the future. Source

  • But until then is like" when" so it should be present as "I will drive when I am 20 " not when I will be 20 or as in your example till the person gets to you not will get .
    – user5577
    Aug 2, 2022 at 10:31
  • "until then" DOES NOT EQUAL "when", try substituting "when" in your sentence, it will be wrong @user5577
    – DialFrost
    Aug 2, 2022 at 10:36
  • but does it work as a time clause?( no future after a time clause) or very rarely
    – user5577
    Aug 2, 2022 at 10:56
  • It might be a future time clause @user5577
    – DialFrost
    Aug 2, 2022 at 14:49
  • So if it is a future time clause why did the author choose future and not present as written in your answer
    – user5577
    Aug 2, 2022 at 15:37

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