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To be perfectly honest, I had to look up this latter construction in order to analyse it. I found three sources which were particularly helpful
1) A Semantic Study of ‘Verbs to be’ in Modern Standard English ... by Hussein M. Kadhim Al-Nasrawi
2) A post answering “It is to be discussed”. What is the infinitive doing in this sentence?“It is to be discussed”. What is the infinitive doing in this sentence? written recently by @tchrist.
3) Passive infinitive written and compiled by Richard Nordquist on About.com

To be perfectly honest, I had to look up this latter construction in order to analyse it. I found three sources which were particularly helpful
1) A Semantic Study of ‘Verbs to be’ in Modern Standard English ... by Hussein M. Kadhim Al-Nasrawi
2) A post answering “It is to be discussed”. What is the infinitive doing in this sentence? written recently by @tchrist.
3) Passive infinitive written and compiled by Richard Nordquist on About.com

To be perfectly honest, I had to look up this latter construction in order to analyse it. I found three sources which were particularly helpful
1) A Semantic Study of ‘Verbs to be’ in Modern Standard English ... by Hussein M. Kadhim Al-Nasrawi
2) A post answering “It is to be discussed”. What is the infinitive doing in this sentence? written recently by @tchrist.
3) Passive infinitive written and compiled by Richard Nordquist on About.com

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  1. This question is to be closed, and that is their final decision.
    (Future meaning: This question will be closed. This structure implies a powerful volitive act or destiny beyond anyone's control. Nowadays we would say: This question must be closed, and that is their final decision. OR This question is going to be closed...)
  2. This question isn't to be closed, and that is their final decision.
    (Future meaning: This question will not be closed and nobody can do anything to change that. Nowadays: This question mustn't be closed,...)
  3. This question was to be closed, but they changed their minds.
    (The question was going to be closed (see No.1) but its "destiny" was reversed. Nowadays: This question had to be closed,... OR This question was going to be closed...)
  4. This question wasn't to be closed but they changed their minds.
    (Future in the past meaning: The question wasn't going to be closed but in the end it was. In other words, its "destiny" was reversed. Nowadays: This question shouldn't have been closed...)
  5. This question was to have been closed, but I protested and managed to keep it open.
    (The question was going to be closed but I changed its "destiny". Now the question is open.)
  6. This question wasn't to have been closed, but somebody protested against the decision.
    (The question was not going to be closed, but somebody wanted to close it. In other words, the question's course was changed and now it is closed.)

  1. This question is to be closed, and that is their final decision.

Future meaning: This question will be closed. This structure implies a powerful volitive act or destiny beyond anyone's control. Nowadays: This question must be closed, and that is their final decision. OR This question is going to be closed...

  1. This question isn't to be closed, and that is their final decision.

Future meaning: This question will not be closed and nobody can do anything to change that.
Nowadays: This question mustn't be closed,...

  1. This question was to be closed, but they changed their minds.

The question was going to be closed (see No.1) but its "destiny" was reversed.
Nowadays: This question had to be closed,... OR This question was going to be closed...

  1. This question wasn't to be closed but they changed their minds.

Future in the past meaning: The question wasn't going to be closed but in the end it was. In other words, its "destiny" was reversed.
Nowadays: This question shouldn't have been closed...

  1. This question was to have been closed, but I protested and managed to keep it open.

The question was going to be closed but I changed its "destiny". Now the question is open.

  1. This question wasn't to have been closed, but somebody protested against the decision.

The question was not going to be closed, but somebody wanted to close it. In other words, the question's course was changed and now it is closed.

  1. This question is to be closed, and that is their final decision.
    (Future meaning: This question will be closed. This structure implies a powerful volitive act or destiny beyond anyone's control. Nowadays we would say: This question must be closed, and that is their final decision. OR This question is going to be closed...)
  2. This question isn't to be closed, and that is their final decision.
    (Future meaning: This question will not be closed and nobody can do anything to change that. Nowadays: This question mustn't be closed,...)
  3. This question was to be closed, but they changed their minds.
    (The question was going to be closed (see No.1) but its "destiny" was reversed. Nowadays: This question had to be closed,... OR This question was going to be closed...)
  4. This question wasn't to be closed but they changed their minds.
    (Future in the past meaning: The question wasn't going to be closed but in the end it was. In other words, its "destiny" was reversed. Nowadays: This question shouldn't have been closed...)
  5. This question was to have been closed, but I protested and managed to keep it open.
    (The question was going to be closed but I changed its "destiny". Now the question is open.)
  6. This question wasn't to have been closed, but somebody protested against the decision.
    (The question was not going to be closed, but somebody wanted to close it. In other words, the question's course was changed and now it is closed.)

  1. This question is to be closed, and that is their final decision.

Future meaning: This question will be closed. This structure implies a powerful volitive act or destiny beyond anyone's control. Nowadays: This question must be closed, and that is their final decision. OR This question is going to be closed...

  1. This question isn't to be closed, and that is their final decision.

Future meaning: This question will not be closed and nobody can do anything to change that.
Nowadays: This question mustn't be closed,...

  1. This question was to be closed, but they changed their minds.

The question was going to be closed (see No.1) but its "destiny" was reversed.
Nowadays: This question had to be closed,... OR This question was going to be closed...

  1. This question wasn't to be closed but they changed their minds.

Future in the past meaning: The question wasn't going to be closed but in the end it was. In other words, its "destiny" was reversed.
Nowadays: This question shouldn't have been closed...

  1. This question was to have been closed, but I protested and managed to keep it open.

The question was going to be closed but I changed its "destiny". Now the question is open.

  1. This question wasn't to have been closed, but somebody protested against the decision.

The question was not going to be closed, but somebody wanted to close it. In other words, the question's course was changed and now it is closed.

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  1. This question was closed
  2. This question wasn't closed
  3. *This question should was been closed (NO)
    (Note the verb afterverbs that follow the auxiliary verb, should, is are always in the infinitive. The phrase "This question should was been closed"As a result, the example above is not English, it is ungrammatical.)
  4. *This question shouldn't was been closed (NO)
    (The "past" versionThis passive construction with the auxiliary verb beshould in the past simple tense; i.e. "This question shouldn't was been closed" is not English. It is ungrammatical.)
  1. This question was closed
  2. This question wasn't closed
  3. *This question should was been closed (NO)
    (Note the verb after the auxiliary verb, should, is always in the infinitive. The phrase "This question should was been closed" is not English, it is ungrammatical.)
  4. *This question shouldn't was been closed (NO)
    (The "past" version with the verb be in the past simple tense; i.e. "This question shouldn't was been closed" is not English. It is ungrammatical.
  1. This question was closed
  2. This question wasn't closed
  3. *This question should was been closed (NO)
    (Note verbs that follow the auxiliary verb should are always in the infinitive. As a result, the example above is not English, it is ungrammatical.)
  4. *This question shouldn't was been closed (NO)
    (This passive construction with the auxiliary verb should is not English. It is ungrammatical.)
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