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How Use RANK Combined with the SUFFIX Function in Excel

Figure 1. of Rank with Suffix Function in Excel.

Let’s say we want to add ordered suffixes to a range of numbers in Excel (like, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc.), We are going to utilize a formula syntax which is derived from the Excel CHOOSE Function.

The Excel CHOOSE Function will perform the task of assigning the desired suffix to each number value.

Generic Formula

=CHOOSE(number,"st","nd","rd","th","th","th","th","th","th","th")

How to use the CHOOSE Function in Excel.

The Excel CHOOSE formula syntax operates by returning a letter suffix in specific ranking order for every sequential number value.

We combine each number value with suffix letters by using the Ampersand symbol (&), which is a connection operator symbol in Excel,

We can achieve this by following three simple steps;

  1. Arrange the available data in our worksheet by inputting the ordinal NUMBER values in a single column. Label the next column as SUFFIX.

See the example illustrated below;

Figure 2. of Ordinal Numbers in Excel.

  1. Because Ordinal numbers depict ranking, position or an order of sequence, they are commonly written as a combination of number and a suffix letter:  1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc.

Hence, the formula syntax which we will enter into the formula bar for cell B2 of our worksheet is as follows;

=CHOOSE(A2,"st","nd","rd","th","th","th","th","th","th","th")

Figure 3. of Rank with Suffix Function in Excel.

  1. Copy the formula syntax in cell B2 into every other cell in column B to achieve the desired ranking results.

Note

The Excel CHOOSE Function is ideal for small set of numbers only, like if the number values are in a Range of 1 up to 10. This is not the solution for larger ranges of numbers.

Figure 4. of Final Result.

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