**We’ve seen functions that use numbers, now let’s look at another type of function: text functions. They are functions that take text as input or that result in text output (or usually both).**

Before we get to the exercise, you need to know something about text in Excel formulas. Texts in Excel formulas are almost always surrounded by double quotes “. That’s just the way to let Excel know that it is a text.

For the fourth of our Excel beginner exercises, we will be combining the contents of two cells. The first cell will have a first name, the second cell will have a last name in it. We would like to fill the third cell with the first name, then a space and then the last name.

We can do this using the CONCATENATE function. The CONCATENATE function looks like this: `=CONCATENATE("text1","text2","text3")`

. If we would run this function, it would result in *text1text2text3*. So it just combines the texts that you give it.

This exercise has a couple of first names in cells **A1**:**A8** (**A1 **up to and including **A8**) and last names in cells **B1**:**B8**.

You complete the exercise if you can use the CONCATENATE function in cell **C8 **to combine the first name in cell **A8 **with a space and then the last name from cell **B8**.

So the answer should be in cell **C8**. The other rows are just for you to practice in.

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With this exercise, we hope you see that these functions can be used in real life situations. And not just when numbers are involved. Continue for more exercises!

You need to use the CONCATENATE function with three arguments.

The answer should look something like:

=CONCATENATE(FirstName, " ", LastName)

With the right values filled in for FirstName and LastName.

=CONCATENATE(FirstName, " ", LastName)

With the right values filled in for FirstName and LastName.

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