# Excel/formula syntax

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QUESTION: Hi Tom

I have just reviewed the question that I asked of you earlier and realised that it is unclear.  Please accept my apologies for the confusion.

I have written the following formula.
=if(and(c2<9,g2<9,countif(b2:ai2,"<9")=4),countif(b2:ai2,"<16)

It is trying to calculate the following:

If "C2 is less than 9 and G2 is less than 9 and the amount of scores     less than 9      between B2 and Ai2 is exactly 4 then count the amount of scores between B2 and Ai2 that is less than 16.

There is something wrong with the syntax.  Could you help me with this please?

Chris M

=if(and(c2<9,g2<9,countif(b2:ai2,"<9")=4),countif(b2:ai2,"<16"),"")

if you want to display FALSE when the conditions are not met, then you can just do

=if(and(c2<9,g2<9,countif(b2:ai2,"<9")=4),countif(b2:ai2,"<16"))

So hopefully that gives you what you want.

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Regards,
Tom Ogilvy

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QUESTION: Hi Tom

I have a range of cells A2:S2.  Cell C2 contains "8" and cell G2 contains "7",  Cells H2 and i2 contain 5 and 6 respectively.  Cell J2:M2 contain the number  "10"

I wrote the following formula  in cell "W2".

=IF(AND(C2<9,G2<9,COUNTIF(B2:S2,"<9")=4),COUNTIF(B2:S2,"<16"),"")

I had expected the formula to return the number "8".

This is because the number in C2 and G2 is less than nine;  there are exactly four numbers between B2 and S2 that are less than "9" and there is a total of "8" numbers that are less than "16".

Could you point out where I have gone wrong?

Chris

Chris,

You formula returned 8 for me.  I opened a new workbook and duplicated in the cells specified the numbers you stated.  I copied your formula and put it in W2.  It produced 8.

if it isn't returning 8 for you, then I would look at the other cells that are empty for me.

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Regards,
Tom Ogilvy

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