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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


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;


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.


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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