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A sentence from a news webpage (http://www.reuters.com/article/us-italy-quake-toll-idUSKCN1110FV):

A day of national mourning was announced, with flags due to fly at half mast around the country for the dead, who include a number of foreigners.

What does "due to" mean in this sentence?

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Due, in this case means "scheduled" or "expected". The word "to" is part of the infinitive verb "to fly". The Italian government has asked for flags to be lowered halfway down flagpoles as a mark of mourning.

This is not "due to" meaning "because of"

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This is not a prepositional verb or preposition in this case. It is [due] [to fly].

due
: required or expected to happen : expected to be in a particular place at a particular time

So it is expected that the flags will fly at half mast.

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