#1 When you have to make a sentence of the following sentence, which I made, using MUCH, what would you make?

The elderly lady cherished her dog very much as if it were her child.

#2 would you improve the sentence using nothing is more
Nothing is more important than to maximize what you were given.

Would you please proofread the reported speech that I changed the direct speech into?
Tom said, “I play soccer here every day.”
Tom said that he plays soccer there every day.

Tom said, “I finish reading this book yesterday.”
Tom said that he had finished reading that book the day before.

Kate said, “I have seen the movie three times.”
Kate said that she had seen the movie three times.

John said to Kate, “I will give you this book tomorrow.”
John told Kate that he would give her that book the next day.

Ms. Suzuki said, “Light travels faster than sound.”
Ms. Suzuki said that light travels faster than sound.

Kate said to me, “Where are you going next Sunday?”
Kate asked me where I was going the following Sunday.

I said to Kate, “What did you do this morning?”
I asked Kate what she had done that morning.

Tom said to me, “Do you know my address?”
Tom asked me whether/if I knew his address.

Kate said to us, “Shall we go on a picnic tomorrow?”
Kate suggested to us that we should go on a picnic the next day.

Mr. Tanaka said to us, “Open your textbooks to page nine”
Mr. Tanaka told us to open our textbooks to page nine.

Kate said to me, “What a nice T-shirt you wear!”
Kate exclaimed to me that I wore a very nice T-shirt.

My mother said to me, “Study in your room.”
My mother told me to study in my room.

Kate said, “I started to live in this apartment five years ago.”
Kate said that she had started to live in that apartment five years before.

I said “Thank you very much”

2. ## Re: Please

Originally Posted by Progress
#1 When you have to make a sentence of the following sentence, which I made, using MUCH, what would you make?

The elderly lady cherished her dog very much as if it were her child.

If you removed the "very much" this would sound fine but the "very much" when added (while not grammatically wrong) makes the sentence awkward to say.

If you wish to include the "very much" I would change the sentence to two sentences:

The elderly lady cherished her dog very much. It was as if it were her child.

#2 would you improve the sentence using nothing is more

Nothing is more important than to maximize what you were given.

The sentence is fine although some people might wonder about the meaning of "what" in the sentence. However, the context of the other sentences in a paragraph using this sentence may provide a clue. As a stand-alone sentence the "what" refers to your natural abilities (your looks, intelligence, etc)

Would you please proofread the reported speech that I changed the direct speech into?
Tom said, “I play soccer here every day.”
Tom said that he plays soccer there here every day.

Tom said, “I finish reading this book yesterday.”
Tom said that he had finished reading that book the day before.

Kate said, “I have seen the movie three times.”
Kate said that she had seen the movie three times.

John said to Kate, “I will give you this book tomorrow.”
John told Kate that he would give her that book the next day.

Ms. Suzuki said, “Light travels faster than sound.”
Ms. Suzuki said that light travels faster than sound.

Kate said to me, “Where are you going next Sunday?”
Kate asked me where I was going the following Sunday.

I said to Kate, “What did you do this morning?”
I asked Kate what she had done that this morning.

Tom said to me, “Do you know my address?”
Tom asked me whether/if I knew his address. (both whether and if are correct)

Kate said to us, “Shall we go on a picnic tomorrow?”
Kate suggested to us that we should go on a picnic the next day.

Mr. Tanaka said to us, “Open your textbooks to page nine”
Mr. Tanaka told us to open our textbooks to page nine.

Kate said to me, “What a nice T-shirt you wear!”
Kate exclaimed to me that I wore a very nice T-shirt.

Kate told me she really liked the T-shirt (that) I was wearing.

My mother said to me, “Study in your room.”
My mother told me to study in my room.

Kate said, “I started to live in this apartment five years ago.”
Kate said that she had started to live in that apartment five years before.

Personally though, I would use "living" instead of "to live"

I said “Thank you very much”
You are welcome.

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Thank you very much, Naamplao.

Are the red letters wrong? Should they be blue letters?

Tom said, “I play soccer here every day.”
Tom said that he plays soccer there here every day.

I said to Kate, “What did you do this morning?”
I asked Kate what she had done that this morning.

Kate said to me, “What a nice T-shirt you wear!”
Kate exclaimed to me that I wore a very nice T-shirt.

4. ## Re: Please

Originally Posted by Progress
Thank you very much, Naamplao.

Are the red letters wrong? Should they be blue letters?

Tom said, “I play soccer here every day.”
Tom said that he plays soccer there here every day.

I said to Kate, “What did you do this morning?”
I asked Kate what she had done that this morning.

Kate said to me, “What a nice T-shirt you wear!”
Kate exclaimed to me that I wore a very nice T-shirt.
Yes...replace the red words with the blue ones.

In the last one I am suggesting that "to me" be removed. You use the pronoun "I" further on in the sentence so "to me" is not necessary. However, this still sounds awkward to me. So you will notice a complete blue sentence below this one in my original post.

I do like the fact that you used "exclaimed" in your sentence though. This reflects the emotion of Kate's words but it doesn't sound very good when I read the sentence. I replaced "exclaimed" with "really liked" and perhaps it would fit your sentence too.

Kate really liked my nice T-shirt.

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Thank you very much, Naamplao.

I would like to ask you the two sentences.

Tom said, “I play soccer here every day.”
Tom said that he plays soccer there here every day.

If Tom said that a couple of days ago and I report it to my friend at another place, in that case does there work?

I said to Kate, “What did you do this morning?”
I asked Kate what she had done that this morning.

Similarly, I asked Kate that a couple of days ago and I report it to another one today. in that cace does that work?

6. ## Re: Please

Originally Posted by Progress
Thank you very much, Naamplao.

I would like to ask you the two sentences.

Tom said, “I play soccer here every day.”
Tom said that he plays soccer there here every day.

If Tom said that a couple of days ago and I report it to my friend at another place, in that case does there work?

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The only reason that "here" is correct and "there" is wrong is because "here" appears in the first sentence.

If the first sentence was Tom said, “I play soccer there every day.”
then the correct second sentence would have been Tom said that he plays soccer
there every day.

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I said to Kate, “What did you do this morning?”
I asked Kate what she had done that this morning.

Similarly, I asked Kate that a couple of days ago and I report it to another one today. in that case does that work?

**************************

Yes, I would agree with you. However in using "that" you would have to be careful that the context of the rest of the sentences associated with these ones referred to something that happened a day or more previous.

The use of "this" implies the same day as the words were spoken.

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7. ## Re: Please

Thank you very much, Naamplao.

Is the reason why here is corret that the sentence shows the truth?

8. ## Re: Please

Originally Posted by Progress
Thank you very much, Naamplao.

Is the reason why here is corret that the sentence shows the truth?
I don't understand your question.

9. ## Re: Please

>Tom said, “I play soccer here every day.”
Tom said that he plays soccer there here every day.

My qusetion is that the statement "I play soccer here every day" is his daily custom, a fact. According to grammar books, you don't have to change the tense. etc of the truth, custom and fact.

10. ## Re: Please

Originally Posted by Progress
>Tom said, “I play soccer here every day.”
Tom said that he plays soccer there here every day.

My qusetion is that the statement "I play soccer here every day" is his daily custom, a fact. According to grammar books, you don't have to change the tense. etc of the truth, custom and fact.
I am sorry but I still don't understand the question.

The use of "there" or "here" has nothing to do with a verb tense.

I will repeat my answer in detail.

Case 1)

Tom said, “I play soccer here every day.”
Tom said that he plays soccer here every day.

Case 2)

Tom said, “I play soccer there every day.”
Tom said that he plays soccer there every day.

The difference between "here" and "there" is that "here" refers to a location close to him and "there" refers to a location farther away.

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