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    #1

    should have...

    Here comes my paragraph:

    "The government can only strive to alleviate the domestically generated price pressure. Among those pressure, the hike in fuel prices and surging food prices should have exerted the most comprehensive impacts on the general public, which should take priorities to tackle "


    Q1.Is there any problem in the coherence between the three underline clauses, or there is no problem?

    Q2.Is the phrase "should have exerted...impacts" correctly used in the sentence

    Thanks so much for any advice and rectification.

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    Re: should have...

    It is a mess.

    I can only guess that it means something like: "The government can only strive (do its best?) to alleviate (lessen/reduce ?) [the] domestically-generated pressures on prices. These pressures, including the hike in fuel prices and surging food prices, have had the greatest impact on the general public. These should be the govenment's priority."

    Even then, hikes in fuel prices usually have an external cause.

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    Re: should have...

    Thank you 5jj

    Here is the whole of my paragraph:

    "As our city is an externally-oriented economy with a linked exchange rate system, we cannot use interest rate as a tool to contain inflation. "The government can only strive to alleviate the domestically generated price pressure. Among those surging prices, the hike in property prices and food prices should exert the most comprehensive impacts on the general public". Both long term and short term measures should be provided to ease the pressure from the two sources"

    With reference to your advice is it better to change the underlined segment as follow?

    "The Government can only resort to reducing the domestically generated price pressure. Among those surging prices, the hike in property prices and food prices have had the greatest impacts on the general public. The government should take precedence to provide both short and long term measures to ease the pressure from the two sources."

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