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dates duration formula

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1. i want to find out the formula to calculate YEAR and MONTH only between 2 dates. (for e.g. 2years 2 months)

2. after finding the duration, i want to know which criteria they belong to. for example, if the duration between cell A1 and B1 is 2 years and 4 months, my cell D2 should show "between 2 to 3 years"

Vlookup
Once you construct a proper lookup table on the right, a simple VLOOKUP() and use of the DATEDIF() function.

C2: =DATEDIF(A2,B2,"y") & " year(s), " & MOD(DATEDIF(A2,B2,"m"), 12) & " month(s)"
D2" =VLOOKUP(DATEDIF(A2, B2, "m"),G:H, 2, 1)

```Col G     Col H
Months   criteria
0    less than 1 year
12   1 year
13   between 1 to 2 years
24   2 years
25   between 2 to 3 years
36   3 years
37   greater than 3 years
```

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