Walter Cronkite, Jr.

“Lauren knew she wanted to be a newscaster in the 4th grade.”

She had other ideas for 5th grade, I guess.

Actually, I think Lauren knew in the 4th grade that she wanted to be a newscaster.

English wants each word or phrase to modify the most recent prior word or phrase — at least as much as is feasible.

So it’s dangerous to delay a phrase like “in the 4th grade” all the way to the end of the sentence.

Put “in the 4th grade” immediately after the word it refers to — in this case, “knew.”

All bets are off, however, if Lauren actually had an idea to broadcast a news show from Mrs. Helfin’s room at Franklin Elementary. Which might be awesome.

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