Excel/formula rewrite


Hi Tom

I have placed this formula in cell "J11". It is designed to tell me how many words are in cell "E11".  If there is one word, the phrase "single word" is rerturned.  If there are two words, the phrase "2 word phrase" is returned.  

I would like to alter the formula so that, if there are three words, the phrase, "3 word phrase" is returned.

All my best efforts have failed

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

Thanks in advance

Chris Mitchell

Chris Mitchell,

You can use the "engine" of the above formula to get an answer.  You would make this "engine" the first argument in the choose function.   Then you could put up to 29 responses (may be more in Excel 2007 and beyond).  I have stopped after  5.

=CHOOSE(LEN(TRIM(E11))-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(E11," ",""))+1,"single word","2 word phrase","3 word phrase","4 word phrase","5 word phrase")

This should do what you want.

Tom Ogilvy

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