I know that backshifting can used when reporting statements and questions. This is clearly stated in many grammar books. Aside from a mere example on some webpage, I haven't found any reference in the authentic books and websites I've checked that I could use as a proof that backshifting can be used in reported imperatives and requests with complex time clauses.
If backshifting can be used what is the rule for using it in the imperative and request sentences? Always used? depends on whether the reported situation out-of-time or not? never used?
The following is some sample request and imperative sentences with reported speech as I see it for the first two sentences. Pronouns are not important. Choose as you see fit.
Can I come back again when I find my book? I asked her to come back when I found my book.
Come back when you find your lost keys He told me to come back when I found my lost keys
Shutdown the computer before you leave
Do exercise 10A after you've finished this one
Tidy up now if you are leaving tonight