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    navi tasan is offline Key Member
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    the man writing reports

    Which are correct:
    1-The man writing reports last week is my friend.

    2-The man who wrote reports last week is my friend.

    3-The man writing reports last week was my friend.

    4-The man who wrote reports last week was my friend.

    They are all supposed to mean the same thing. I am still friends with that man.

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    Re: the man writing reports

    Since it was last week, you should use "wrote." If he's still your friend, use "is."

    I suggest the sentence would be improved with something like "those reports" or "the reports we just read" or something other than the grammatical but unnatural "reports" alone.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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