I need help with the stucture of this sentence

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I need help with the stucture of this sentence. Any suggestion. I am using APA formatting.

See example:

The first question asked, is warfarin the best medication available to manage atrial fibrillation?
asked Jun 16 '13 at 13:09 Michelle Ford New member

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I do not have the APA manual before me, but I believe that APA and the Chicago Manual of Style agree on this one. Instead of a comma following "asked," CMoS (at 6.59) calls for a colon to introduce the question -- The first question asked: is ....."

link comment answered Jun 16 '13 at 14:25 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow
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Depending on the actual meaning, which is not clear,  the first phrase could be expressed as:

- The first question patients (or doctors) ask is: or

- The first question you should ask is:

 

In the following sentence, unless availability is really at issue, "available" is redundant.

link comment answered Jun 16 '13 at 14:52 Michael Cranfield Expert
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I can think of a third possibility. Since you are asking about APA formatting, I wonder if you are including information about a study or research that has been done to answer that question.
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The study first sought to determine if warfarin is the best available medication to treat atrial fibrillation.

link comment answered Jun 16 '13 at 20:38 Patty T Grammarly Fellow
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I don't have the APA Manual either, but the use of a colon here without the "double-is", as Jeff has suggested, strikes me as extremely odd, if not ungrammatical. Michael uses the double-is so that at least sounds grammatical but the colon sticks out like a sore thumb, to me at least.  I like Patty's much much better, or suggest rephrasing the original text using an indirect question, as follows: The first question asked is whether or not warfarin is the best medication available to manage atrial fibrillation.

link comment answered Jun 17 '13 at 12:32 Shawn Mooney Expert

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