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Americans are facing the pain of high gas prices which are compounding the weak economy. More and more Americans are trading in their gas guzzlers for a smaller car such as Prius. This is pressuring the already struggling local car companies such as Ford and GM to produce energy-efficient cars instead of powerful SUVs and trucks which have been the focus over the past decades, partially fueled by American hunger for powerful vehicles.

In response to weakening demand, GM has recently announced the closing of another plant in the State, not an unexpected move as the carmaker has moved several of its plants to overseas over the past decade. The Japanese carmaker which was ranked 2nd in the world last year may overtake the giant as GM seeks to reduce its workforce to cut costs and Toyota brings in more business with its increasingly popular hybrids with the soaring price of oil having no end in sight.

Please correct any mistake. Thanks in advance!
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One cannot compound an economy.
Do some searches at Google Books for all your critical patterns/idioms, such as:
166 on "compounding * economy"
http://books.google.com/books?q=%22compounding+*+economy%22&lr=&sa=N&start=50
Yes, you are right. One way to put it is "compounding the economy's weakness"
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N2G,

I took your version and put my own spins on it. Perhaps it may be helpful. Yours is good. But there were a few sentences which I thought needed to expand on and reworded,

Compounded by the weak economy, more and more Americans are feeling the pain of the historically high gas price at the pump and beginning to trade in their gas guzzlers for smaller and pocket- book friendly cars or alternative fuel vehicles such as the Prius. This trend is putting tremendous pressure on all 3 struggling American automakers to start producing more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly vehicles instead of the gas thirsty SUV’s and multi-purpose vehicles with powerful engines which had been the core demand and was the bread and better for the automakers in the past two decades

In response to the weak demand, GM has already announced the closure of another auto plant in the State. This is an unexpected move as the automaker had already relocated several if its manufacturing facilities oversea over the past 10 years. Toyota, a respected Japanese name had been ranked the second biggest automakers to GM for a long time has now surpassed GM as the biggest automaker in the world last year, As GM continues to lose sales and market share, it must cut cost by means of layoff and finding cheaper labor cost. With the success of Prius, has also developed several other vehicle with the Hybrid technology last year to attract the fuel conscientious buyers and to combat the soaring oil prices.
Thanks, Goodman. Yours is way more natural, no doubt and I love it and admire your writing skills.

I know my writing isn't natural but my focus now is to make sure my writing is understandable and grammatically correct. Of course, any corrections to the flow is also appreciated. I'll keep working on the flow though it may take years or decades. I hope my original piece is understandable. Thanks again, Goodman and MH.
Note: ...in the States. There are 50 of them.
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Sorry. Thanks for the correction, GG.
New2grammarThanks, Goodman. Yours is way more natural, no doubt and I love it and admire your writing skills.

I know my writing isn't natural but my focus now is to make sure my writing is understandable and grammatically correct. Of course, any corrections to the flow is also appreciated. I'll keep working on the flow though it may take years or decades. I hope my original piece is understandable. Thanks again, Goodman and MH.
New2grammarThanks, Goodman. Yours is way more natural, no doubt and I love it and admire your writing skills.

I know my writing isn't natural but my focus now is to make sure my writing is understandable and grammatically correct. Of course, any corrections to the flow is also appreciated. I'll keep working on the flow though it may take years or decades. I hope my original piece is understandable. Thanks again, Goodman and MH.
Hi N2G,
Your comment is appreciated but my skills are far from deserving any admiration. I still make careless mistakes. Your original version was understandable. I just tried to improve its fluency for you. That's all!
Thanks, Goodman. I just noticed something in your version:

historically high gas price

Should it be gas prices instead? I'm still uncertain when to use plural or singular.
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