My grammar book says you can convert a direct speech to a reported one depending on what type of speech it is. Are these strict rules? I mean the verbs like "advise" or "ask". Don't they sometime say just "say" for all?
1.Mr.Kim said, "Don't be too confident" => Mr.Kim advised me not to be too confident. - advice
2.Ann said to Tom, "Please say with me" => Ann asked Tome to stay with her - request
3. I said to them, "Let's take a break" => I suggested that we should take a break.