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Direct speech:"You might post these for me",he said.

Indirect speech(book answer): He requested me to post them for him.

I have two doubt here. first can we use might as request and second doubt is that i think there should be those instead of them. Because we change these into change those while converting it into indirect sentence.

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In American English, "might" is used as a request only if the person being asked to perform the request has already volunteered.

I know you're very busy. Is there anything I can do to help?
-- You might post these letters for me, if you're going to be near the post office.

With regard to your second question about them/those: there is no requirement to change them to those. The following are all idiomatic:

Why are you holding perfumed letters addressed to Mary's boyfriend?
--Oh, Mary is busy, and has asked me to mail them.
--Oh, Mary is busy, and has asked me to mail these.
--Oh, Mary is busy, and has asked me to mail those.

Why were you holding perfumed letters addressed to Mary's boyfriend?
--Oh, Mary was busy, and asked me to mail them.
--Oh, Mary was busy, and asked me to mail those.

  • OK i agree with you. But in multiple choice question in exam if we have to choose one answer then what would we choose, them or those? – starun008 Dec 13 '14 at 12:40
  • Sorry, advice on test-taking is not what this site is about. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Dec 13 '14 at 13:22

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