When someone wants to ask politely for something, they use “would like to” structure. For example:
“I would like to try on this jacket, please.”
I wonder if this structure has past tense. I know that the structure “Would like to have + past participle” is quite different in meaning. For example:
“John would like to have tried on another piece of clothing, but he was in hurry.”
So as you can see the second structure isn’t the past tense of the first structure since it conveys the meaning that "John" did not try "another piece of clothing". For example you want to say:
“There was a very beautiful coat in the shopping center so I asked the man: ‘I’d like to try it on’ ”
The last part of the statement is a direct reported speech. How can we say that part in indirect reported speech?