Excel/formula error


Hi Tom

Could you tell where I have gone wrong with this formula?:

=if(LEN(TRIM(E11))-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(E11," ",""))+1)>1,"2 word phrase","single word")

So, if there is more than on word in cell "E11" then return the phrase, "2 word phrase" otherwise return, "single word".

Thanks in advance

Chris Mitchell

Christopher Mitchell,

You just have to many right parentheses for the number of left parentheses you have.  You need to put a left parentheses before the first LEN

=IF((LEN(TRIM(E11))-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(E11," ",""))+1)>1,"2 word phrase","single word")

If you just want to check for a space in the cell, you could do

=IF(ISERROR(FIND(" ",TRIM(E11))),"Single Word","2 word phrase")


=IF(COUNTIF(E11,"* *")>0,"2 word phrase","Single Word")

You can't use a Trim in the first argument of COUNTIF, so it can be tripped up by leading or trailing spaces.

Tom Ogilvy

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