Dangling modifiers are not the serious problem that language teachers make them out to be.
Common sense helps us through the ambiguities and often the "unintended absurdities" come from the commentators on misplaced modifiers.
These constructions are common in speech, where they often go without comment, and they can be found occasionally in writing. But they are distracting to the reader, and they can sometimes lead to unintended absurdities.
§ 21. dangling modifiers. 1. Grammar. The American Heritage Book of English Usage. 1996
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