For example,

For most people, they would benefit from more exercise.

Is this construction more acceptable in spoken English, but considered poor writing? It's better to write: Most people would benefit from more exercise.

Or this construction is perfectly fine and serves a purpose (which I can't grasp)?

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Yes, this is poor style. It does indeed suggest someone speaking and changing their intended sentence structure partway through.

The subject is expected to change after this scope qualifier:

For most people, owning a dog is a manageable responsibility.

So when "they" appears, it sparks confusion as we look for a subject other than "most people" before realizing that's what it must refer to.

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    For most people, more exercise would be beneficial. Commented Sep 4, 2022 at 8:14
  • How about the construction "As for me, I would like to buy a dress." I just heard it.
    – joy2020
    Commented Nov 20, 2022 at 17:13

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