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"To be to" -- A Study in Ellipsis 
Based on Heidi by Johanna Spyri
Analysis  Key

     Readers will disagree as to exactly which words are ellipsed in these constructions. In many cases. readers will assume "going" as the ellipsed word -- "we are *going* to have our noses rubbed..." This simply makes "going" part of a finite verb phrase. In other cases, the ellipsed word is a passive -- "we are *expected* [*supposed*] to have our noses rubbed . . ." The passive normally turns the "to" into an infinitive that functions as the retained direct object of the passive verb. See KISS Level 5.7 - Passive Voice and Retained Complements. Another way of looking as the passive version is to see it as an idiom that means "should." As the examples below demonstrate, there are other ways of explaining the ellipsis. The analysis key gives only one option for each, but other interpretations are obviously possible. The context would determine which explanation made most sense.

1. The telegram was *supposed* (P) to be mailed [#1] that night [NuA]. |
 

2. {In Basle} she was roused (P) {by Sebastian}, [Adv. (cause) to "was roused" 

for [#2] there they were *going* to spend the night (DO)]. |
 

3. The things {for Heidi} were *expected* (P) to be sent [#3] {to him} later. |
 

4. The three were *expected* (P) to stay [#4] there {till his return} {in the evening}. |
 

5. [Adv. to "was going to prepare" When dinner time had come], Heidi was

*going* to prepare the meal (DO) and see [DO that Clara got Schwänli's

milk (DO)]. |
 

6. But he only received a paper (DO) [Adj. to "paper" that was 

*supposed* (P) to be carried [#5] {to the post-office} {of the village}]. |
 

7. The next day [NuA] the child was *going* to be brought (P) {to her home}. |
 

8. {In that way} they reached the end (DO) {of the week} [Adj. to "week"

that was *expected* (P) to bring the grandmama [#6]. |
 

9. Sebastian was *directed* (P) to go [#7] {to Basle} that day [NuA] and

spend [#7] the night {at a good hotel} [Adj. to "hotel" which (DO) his

master named]. |
 

10. Heidi consoled her (DO) {with plans} {for the coming summer}, [Adj.

to "summer" that was *expected* (P) to be even more happy [#8] [Adv. to "more"

than this one had been]]. |


Notes
1. The passive verb makes the following infinitive a retained direct object. The active voice version would be "They supposed the telegram to be mailed that night." See KISS Level 5.7 Passive Voice and Retained Complements.
2. See KISS Level 3.2.2 - "So" and "For" as Conjunctions.
3. The active voice version would be "He expected the things for Heidi to be sent to him later."
4. "Someone expected the three to stay there."
5.  Someone supposed [expected] the paper to be carried to the post-office. "Supposed" is rarely used in this active voice version with an infinitive as a direct object. 
6. They expected that week to bring the grandmama. [The sentence personifies "week."]
7. His master directed Sebastian to go to Basle and spend the night. Am I wrong, or does the context within the sentence suggest a stronger verb (like "directed") rather than "supposed" or even "expected"?  ["Night" is the direct object of the infinitive "to spend."]
8. They expected next summer to be even more happy . . . .